MeRA25 Greece opposes Greek-American defense agreement

The ratified agreement will see the US given access to three more military bases in Greece, further fueling geopolitical tensions and strengthening the war machine

MeRA25 strongly opposes the Greek-American Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) which was ratified by the Greek parliament on May 13.

The approval of the agreement will see the United States gain access to three more military bases in the Mediterranean country on top of the one it already operates.

The United States has been operating a naval base in Crete since 1969, and the ratified MDCA will now allow the US military to use Georgula Barracks in Volos, the Litochoro camp in Pieria and the Yannuli barracks in Alexandroupoli.

MeRA25 founder and general secretary Yanis Varoufakis has spoken out against the agreement, stressing that the deal further fuels geopolitical tensions and war-profiteering.

“MeRA25 opposed, and voted against, the Greek-American Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement,” he told the Anadolu news agency.

“The reason is simple: Its purpose is not to enhance mutual security but, rather, to support the United States’ strategy of fuelling, and profiting from, geopolitical tensions in the wider area from the Black Sea to the Middle East and North Africa.

“MeRA25 is committed to de-escalating all tensions, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean – a goal that is utterly inconsistent with the goals and practices of the so-called Greek-American Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement.”

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