But for the Greek Armed Forces?
This seems a rather outlandish idea but New Europe Online ran a story today about strings attached to the Greek bailout loan.
When, in late October, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed with the-then Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to grant Greece the €110 billion mega-loan, the latter agreed, in return for the loan, to purchase military supplies from Germany and France, worth €10.5bn.
The purchases made were to be in equal parts between Germany and France. The hardware to be purchased, according to Athens sources close to Antonis Samaras’s New Democracy party included frigate war ships, Leopard tanks from Germany and Rafale combat aircrafts from France.
It would be incredible if true for any number of reasons but if it does come to pass, is the UK on the hook for any part of the bailout loan?
If so, it would be a bitter pill for the UK to swallow, cutting numbers and capabilities whilst ponying up for someone else to get the benefits of the kit and Germany and France to get the benefits of our contribution to the loan.