Greece, France sign warplane deal in message to Turkey
AFP, 25 Jan 2021
Greece and France sign a 2.5-billion-euro ($3 billion) warplane deal as part of a burgeoning arms programme to counter Turkish challenges in the eastern Mediterranean. France has strongly backed Greece in a standoff with Turkey over natural gas resources and naval influence in the waters off their respective coasts. The deal will see Greece buying 18 Rafale jets, 12 of them used, made by French firm Dassault to bolster its forces during their regular mid-air skirmishes with Turkish pilots over disputed Aegean airspace.
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