National Herald – Russia’s Ambassador to Greece, Andrey Maslov, defended his country’s plans to sell an S-400 missile defense system to Turkey – which also wants US-made F-35 fighter jets – and said it would not be a threat to Greece.
Turkey and Greece are members of NATO but Turkish fighter jets have repeatedly violated Greek airspace without a word from the defense alliance whose leader, former Norwegian Premier Jens Stoltenberg, said he wants no part of it.
The US is also anxious that the Russian missile defense system in Turkish hands could compromise NATO defenses, including those of Greece, and the US fighter jets that have been held up for now.
Greek-American and Diaspora groups and Congressional supporters of Greece, including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, who visited Greece and Cyprus, want to prohibit Turkey from being able to buy the F-35s but President Donald Trump has been keen on selling American armaments.