“Grave” repercussions for NATO if Greece turn to Russia

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
By Paul Martin


Experts have warned that there could be serious repercussions if Greece fails to reach an agreement on their debt with the eurozone, and turns to Russia instead.

The Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos today said his country may be forced to carry out a “plan B” if a new bailout deal can’t be negotiated with the rest of the eurozone.

Kammenos, who is a member of the Independent Greeks, the right-wing party who formed a coalition with left-wing Syriza after they failed to secure a majority in January’s elections, warned that: “Plan B is to get funding from another source. It could be the United States at best, it could be Russia, it could be China or other countries.”

The newly formed Greek coalition government are attempting to negotiate a new deal with the eurozone on their debt obligations. However, while eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels on Wednesday for another round of negotiations, the Greek foreign minister Nikolaos Kotzias will meet the Russian foreign minister in Moscow.

Dr Jonathan Eyal from defence and security think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) called Kammenos’ statement an “unbecoming threat from a NATO member state.”

He told Newsweek: “It’s another reminder that the Greeks have never offered the kind of solidarity to Europe that Europe has shown to Greece.”

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