Following the passage of the US-Greece defense cooperation bill on Tuesday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took the next crucial step in its legislative process, with its submission to the House of Representatives. The bill is now in both houses of Congress and enjoys the cross-party support of key executives in the respective foreign affairs committees of Parliament and the Senate.
It is worth noting that the bill enjoys cross-party support in both houses of Congress. In the Senate, it was tabled by Democratic senator and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez, and Republican senator Marco Rubio. Respectively in the Parliament, the main speakers of the bill were the Republican MP Gas Bilirakis and the Democratic MP Ted Deutsch.
THE “US-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Law 2021“, As it is officially called, aspires to build on the momentum created by the East Med Act and provides specific initiatives to upgrade defense cooperation between Washington and Athens but also to support the modernization of the Greek Armed Forces. Among other things, it expresses support for the 3 + 1 scheme and requests its extension to other areas of cooperation.
The version of the bill submitted to the House of Representatives is, as the correspondent of the Athenian News Agency reports, almost identical to the one that was submitted to the Senate. The new defense bill considers that it is in the interest of the USA to help Greece get rid of the existing dependencies on Russian equipment. Therefore, it envisages the inclusion of Greece in the European Recapitalization Incentive Program. In this light, the bill provides for annual military aid of 25 million dollars to our country for the period between 2022 and 2026. In addition, the bill calls for approval of the sale of F-35 fighter jets, destined for Turkey, in Greece and provides for the provision of loans in our country which will be related to armaments programs.