US Efforts Cultivating Greece as ‘Pillar of Stability’ in Europe

Greece is emerging as a key United States ally in the effort to bring non-Russian gas to European consumers, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said at an event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

Pyatt specifically pointed to the completion of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to begin commercial operations next year.

TAP will be the first new energy infrastructure built in Europe for the specific purpose “to bring non-Russian gas to European consumers,” Pyatt, a past ambassador to Ukraine, told a group at the Atlantic Council.

“All of this [developing TAP] is about building out Greece as a gateway for the wider region,” he added

Pyatt’s comment came at a very critical time in Greek politics, with a “snap” election in Greece scheduled for July 7.

Only two years after the Greek debt crisis officially ended following nearly a decade (2008-17) of record debts and debt restructuring, Amb. Pyatt spoke on the strength and resilience of Greece.

He praised Greece as a core member of the European Union and of NATO, as well as a country with which the United States shares values and interests.

Amb. Pyatt also optimistically emphasized the “flourishing” security relationship between the two countries and the cooperation upon which they rely.

During the panel, Pyatt also stressed the role of Turkey in the Mediterranean region. Efforts must be made to ensure Turkey “remains anchored in Western institutions,” he said.

 

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