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US frigate provide gained’t derail ‘signed & closing’ French deal

US frigate offer won’t derail ‘signed & final’ French deal

The protection ministries of France and Greece have each confirmed {that a} competing provide from the US could have no influence on an already “signed” and “closing” multibillion deal to buy three French Belharra frigates.

France’s armed forces ministry acknowledged on Saturday {that a} protection contract with Athens was already “initialled a number of days in the past,” earlier than the US State Division introduced the approval of the potential sale of American frigates.

Since we now have been in dialogue with the Greeks, the American provide is not on the desk… We additionally signed the contract with the Greeks.

Greece’s Protection Ministry additionally confirmed that because the take care of Paris was “closing,” because it had been negotiated on the “highest stage attainable” and “personally introduced” by the Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The contracts are anticipated to be ratified by the Parliament “quickly.”

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Greece strikes deal to purchase Three new French frigates in wake of AUKUS pact grievances

The US Defence Safety Cooperation Company mentioned on Friday it had permitted the sale for $6.9 billion of 4 Lockheed Martin fight frigates, and a separate $2.5 billion program to improve Greece’s MEKO class frigates.

The announcement triggered some considerations over the Athens-Paris settlement, particularly after a long-existing submarine constructing “deal of the century” between France and Australia was abruptly tanked by a bombshell AUKUS pact in September. Outraged Paris accused Washington and Canberra of “stab within the again” with none prior warning, whereas simply two weeks later Macron took the stage with the Greek PM to personally announce the sale of at the very least three French warships to Athens for round $3.5 billion, saying it was time to “cease being naive” whereas touting the deal as an indication of “Europe’s strategic autonomy and sovereignty.”

This time round, in keeping with the French navy, the US “had warned us that this announcement was going to return out” and that Individuals allegedly had “no inclination to go additional” with an precise sale of the frigates.