Greece’s military bases are not only strategically located at the gateway to the Black Sea, the Balkans and the Middle East, but they are also protected by a dense, multi-tiered air defense umbrella.
Should the aforementioned scenario materialize, Greece would constitute a likely and viable alternative for NATO’s nuclear umbrella. The Araxos base already has the requisite infrastructure for nuclear storage, which should result in a smooth transition for the nuclear arsenal. At the same time, the Greek north-eastern city of Alexandroupoli could also undertake this role. That would provide immediate access to ΝΑΤΟ’s eastern flank and Kaliningrad, where most of Russia’s silos are stationed, while ensuring a presence in the Alliance’s southern flank. Of course, the relevant storage facilities do not exist yet, though if realized, they could bolster the city’s strategic importance, which lies in the port and the road network bypassing the Bosphorus.