Turkiye, Greece join European Sky Shield Initiative

Turkiye, Greece join European Sky Shield Initiative

TÜRKIYE along with its Aegean frenemy Greece joined the European Sky Shield Initiative, bringing the total number of countries participating in the initiative to 21.

The German, Turkish, and Greek Defense Ministers announced the move on February 15 at a Brussels summit of NATO Defense Ministers.

Turkish Defense Minister Yaşar Güler described the European Sky Shield Initiative as an “important step towards fulfilling NATO’s necessities,” adding that Türkiye was ready to contribute to this initiative with its wide range of national resources.

Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, announced the initiative in 2022, in response to a perceived European vulnerability against attacks of the kind Russia has launched on Ukrainian infrastructure.

Turkiye, a NATO member, has previously purchased the Russian-made S-400 air defense weapon, raising questions about interoperability with other members of the Sky Shield Initiative.

Greece also has the Russian-made S-300s but has signaled that it is ready to give up the system, as it is seeking to acquire US-made Patriots.

 

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