In an alarming development in keeping with its role as a junior partner in the US western imperialist alliance, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Dendias announced on December 21 that the country would be sending a naval military frigate to the Red Sea. This is part of an effort by the US to counter actions against the shipping of Israel and its allies by Houthi rebels in Yemen in solidarity with the people of Gaza.
The Communist Party of Greece has issued a statement denouncing this move:
Any kind of Greece’s involvement in imperialist plans must stop immediately!
The dispatch of a Greek frigate to the Red Sea, under the pretext of the safety of maritime navigation and protection of merchant ships, involves the country even more deeply in the dangerous imperialist plans, which at this stage are directly linked to the support of the murderous policy of the Israeli state.
Both this mission and other missions of Greek warships in the Eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere, carried out in the framework of NATO operations, show the real purpose of the acquisition of warships and other armament programmes, which the Greek people are dearly paying for.
Greek ships or other military units have no business taking part in missions that have nothing to do with the defence of the country and the protection of its borders. Any kind of Greece’s involvement in imperialist plans must stop immediately!