The decisive role that Greece plays in the southern wing of NATO, especially in the light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was underlined by US Assistant Secretary of State Erika Olson in view of the official visit of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Washington.
As the American Undersecretary explained, the crisis in Ukraine makes Greek-American relations even more important and proves how necessary an ally Greece is.
“Much of what defines our relationship is focused on our ongoing commitment to promoting the common democratic values and freedoms that unite us, and this is something that becomes even more important given what is happening with Putin’s invasion and war in Ukraine. . “Russia and Ukraine dominate much of today’s headlines and we are grateful that Greece remains a stable and trusted NATO ally that is absolutely necessary for the security of the alliance’s southern wing.”
Mr. Olson acknowledged that Greek-American relations are at an all-time high, an assessment that is now a common denominator in the statements of various US officials. However, he clarified that the Prime Minister’s visit is an opportunity to plan future moves that will further strengthen cooperation. In this light, he estimated that cooperation in the fields of economy, energy, but also the promotion of common values will be at the center of the visit. As he characteristically noted, “the visit of the Prime Minister will underline the positive, multifaceted nature of our bilateral cooperation”.
During his visit to Washington, Mr. Mitsotakis will address a joint congressional session. This is the first time that a Greek Prime Minister has received such an invitation from the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The idea for a speech on democracy was taken on the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of the 200 years of Greek independence. The Congress thus wanted to honor our country, recognizing that it is the cradle of democracy and that Greek ideals inspired the fathers of the American nation.