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Immediate Release

Readout of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Sasha N. Baker's Meeting With Greek Deputy Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Chardalias

Department of Defense Spokesman Lt. Col. David Herndon provided the following readout:

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Sasha Baker met with Greek Deputy Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Chardalias today at the Pentagon to discuss defense cooperation between the United States and Greece.  

The leaders shared perspectives on the expanding United States military presence at Souda Bay and elsewhere in Greece as a means to enhance support to the NATO Alliance, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans and Black Sea, and in NATO's southern flank.  They also reflected upon the important role of the Port of Alexandroupolis in providing resilient access to NATO's Eastern Flank, especially to assist Ukraine in the face of Russia's aggression and unprovoked invasion.  

Ms. Baker thanked Greece for its robust support for Ukraine, citing Greece's ongoing aid to Kyiv.  Regarding stability in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, Ms. Baker encouraged further dialogue between Greece and Turkey to decrease tensions.