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This isn't about rivalry between Turkey and Greece. It just says that Greece bought used tanks from Germany. Germany wants to sell a lot more used tanks to Turkey, but they were denied this by their own law. There is not going to be a conflict between Greece and Turkey anytime soon.
Originally posted by AtheiX
The Leopard 2 is the best tank in the world. That is a FACT. Greece knows that and ordered those tanks.
I think that we shouldn't sell weapons to other countries.
[edit on 6-8-2005 by AtheiX]
In summer 1999, a devastating earthquake struck Turkey and, later, a lesser but also deadly earthquake struck Greece. The mutual outpouring of sympathy on the part of the Greek and Turkish publics towards the victims helped provide greater support for government policies that opened new doors in the bilateral relationship.
By December 1999, Greece lifted its longstanding objections and joined its fellow European Union members in welcoming Turkey as an official candidate for full EU accession - a pivotal step which many influential Greeks also view as a significant gesture towards Turkey, and for which they still await a reciprocal diplomatic gesture from Ankara.
This year, we witnessed the historic visit of Greek Foreign Minister Papandreou to Turkey and the historic visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Cem to Greece. Shortly afterwards, major Greek and Turkish business interests announced a half-billion-dollar joint energy venture. This project may finally signal the beginning of enhanced trade relations that could blossom from under one billion dollars to as much as five billion dollars annually by 2005.
In summation, Turkey's relations with Greece today are at their best level in decades.