There is no risk of penalties for it anti-missile system S-300 located in Crete assures his representative State Department.
Responding to a related question from the Hellas Journal website, a representative of the US Department of State explained that the presence of the system in question in Greece does not fall under the sanctions provided for by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
“The acquisition of S-300s by Greece took place in the 1990s, decades before the adoption of the CAATSA law. Section 231 of CAATSA only sanctions significant transactions that occurred on or after August 2, 2017. We continue to encourage all NATO allies to ensure full interoperability within the alliance“, noted the representative of the State Department.
It is recalled that the anti-missile system S-300 had been purchased by the Republic of Cyprus and not by Greece.
However, this particular one Buy had caused her strong reaction Turkey resulting in a following American mediation which was done under Richard Holbrooke.
The result of these talks was to the S-300 system is installed in Crete with the consent of all parties involved.
Distances from Turkish claims of F-16 targeting
In addition, the representative of the State Department held for the second time in a row distances from the Turkish claims that they want Greece to have targeted with the S-300 system Turkish F-16 fighters, as he limited himself to reiterating the standing American position calling for a diplomatic settlement of disputes.
“We are aware of these reports. We continue to encourage our NATO allies, Greece and Turkey, to work together to maintain peace and security in the region and resolve disputes through diplomacy. We call on all parties to refrain from rhetoric and actions that could further escalate tensions.”he said characteristically.
The Turkish leaks for “locking” of Turkish F-16s by Greek S-300s were categorically denied from the first moment by sources of the Greek Ministry of Defense, attributing these new challenges to the propaganda her Ankara but also in an effort to cultivate impressions at home and abroad.
Turkey, in turn, reported that it was preparing to send to its General Secretariat NATO and the Ministries of Defense of the member countries of the Alliance, files from its radars, from which it emerges, as Ankara claims, the harassment of Turkish fighters F-16 who operated flights in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean from the anti-missile system S-300 of Greece.