N. Panagiotopoulos: Greece is shielding itself with weapon systems, defense diplomacy and human resources


In his speech, at an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day, Mr. Panagiotopoulos said that Greece “arms itself on the basis of an organized, comprehensive plan”.

Greece shields itself defensively and deterrently, in a period when revisionist and destabilizing attitudes endanger and undermine the principles of international law, good neighborly relations and peace and stability in our wider region. The shielding of our homeland is done with interventions in three directions: in weapons systems, in defense diplomacy and human resources. This was emphasized by the Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos, speaking yesterday, Monday, at an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

“Greece”, he continued, “is shielding itself on the basis of an organized, comprehensive plan, prioritized in terms of needs, with seriousness, professionalism, transparency and efficiency”.

“We take care of the modernization of our weapon systems, with the supply of new, state-of-the-art ones, but also with the parallel upgrade of the existing ones. We work methodically in the direction of defense diplomacy, upgrading relations and expanding Greece’s alliances,” he clarified while adding: “A central component of our policy is the undertaking of actions that contribute to the improvement of the daily life of the personnel of the armed forces. At the same time, we seek the further development of his abilities, working methodically in the field of upgrading both the military and the academic training of the staff”.

“We pay tribute to the timeless contribution of the Armed Forces to ensure peace, freedom, democracy. To ensure the territorial integrity and national independence of our country” he pointed out.

“The Armed Forces have written pages of brilliant glory” in armed struggles, he added and underlined: “The geopolitical environment is complicated. Security challenges are escalating. The Armed Forces are succeeding in adequately responding to the national need for security and peace, effectively meeting any challenge wherever it comes from.”

For his part, the head of the GEETHA general, Konstantinos Floros, emphasized, among other things, that for two centuries “the Greek Armed Forces have played the leading role in all, without exception, the bloody but also brilliant struggles of the Nation, which brought the modern Greek state to the form it has today, starting from a poor corner of the Balkan peninsula.”

“Today”, he added, “the Greek Armed Forces have the highest operational capabilities since the constitution of the Greek state… We have never been so strong and with such prospects” he clarified.

The Armed Forces “successfully carry out their mission, which is to ensure national defense, that is, to safeguard national independence, to defend the territorial integrity of Greece and to the absolute extent to protect Greek citizens against any external threat or attack,” said the head of GEETHA.

As he said, the event “is dedicated to the women and men of our Armed Forces” as we “celebrate as a whole, as a single and inseparable multi-branch family, regardless of origin, rank and branch”.

He did not fail to personally thank Mrs. Irini Katsotourchi for her presence, “our Mrs. Rinio of Kinaros, who is here today with us in order to award her”, as she characteristically said.

The event was attended, among others, by the singer Gerasimos Andreatos, the actor Grigoris Valtinos, the tenor sailor EPOP Andreas Karaoulis, the pianist Stelios Kerasidis, the conductor of Music, Alexandros Litsardopoulos and the interdisciplinary orchestra, the singer Anastasia Moutsatsou, the soprano Evdokia Moysidous , Iulia Tzanetoulakou and the children of the CON-ANIMA choir, the journalist Vicky Flessa and the sculptor Nikos Floros.

Among others, the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Minister of Immigration Policy Notis Mitarakis, the Minister of Shipping Yannis Plakiotakis, the Deputy Minister of National Defense Nikos Hardalias, the Deputy Minister of Health Zoi Rapti gave their “present” at the event. , the head of GES lieutenant general Charalambos Lalousis, the head of GEN vice admiral Stylianos Petrakis, the head of GEA vice admiral Themistocles Bourolias, parliamentarians, representatives of the local government and the Church as well as officers of the Armed Forces.


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