Tuesday, 18 May 2021
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Permanent Representation to NATO

Greece in NATO

Greece – guided by the promotion of its national interest and the achievement of its foreign, defence and security policy goals, as far as its operational and economic capabilities allow, of course – is determined to continue to contribute actively to the carrying out of Alliance activities and initiatives for the timely and reliable confronting of traditional and non-conventional security challenges.

Greece – dedicated to international multilateralism, the maintaining of international peace and security, the respect for international law and human rights – will continue to consistently promote within NATO Greece’s longstanding positions, including inter alia, the recognition of the UN’s position as the legitimizing organization par excellence for international security issues, as well as the shaping of a qualitative improvement in relations with one of NATO’s key strategic partners, Russia, based on a common vision, shared goals, and respect for the principles of transparency and mutual trust.

Greece participates actively in NATO with the goal of strengthening the Alliance’s cooperation with all its partners, as well as with an ever-increasing number of third countries, in the belief that this will reinvigorate the Alliance.

Greece also promotes its strategic choice in favor of concluding the integration effort of the countries of the Western Balkans into the Alliance, always with respect for the latter’s principles and values. In this context, and provided they meet all the criteria and agreed prerequisites, such as good neighbourly relations, Greece will continue to consistently support the Euroatlantic integration of the countries of the Western Balkans, provided they are willing to take the necessary steps and implement the necessary reforms in this direction.

Moreover, Greece will not cease to promote within NATO

1. the shaping of a more functional relationship between the Alliance and the European Union as the latter’s Common Security and Defence Policy develops further,
2. the strengthening of NATO-UN dialogue and cooperation, and
3. the endeavour of consolidating stability in the Alliance’s southern wing through the establishment of a more constructive partnership between the Alliance and the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.