Greece crowd­fund­ing money for war­ships

Kingston Whig-Standard - - ONTARIO NEWS -

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s de­fence min­is­ter is ap­peal­ing to his aus­ter­ity-bat­tered coun­try­folk for a crowd­fund­ing ef­fort to raise money for new war­ships, promis­ing to do­nate part of his own salary. Panos Kam­menos says he will open a bank ac­count on Jan. 1 where mem­bers of the pub­lic can make do­na­tions “for new frigates and a flag­ship.” He ad­dressed his ap­peal to Greece’s wealthy shipown­ing in­dus­try, as well as or­di­nary Greeks. “I will be the first to de­posit my salary in this ef­fort,” he said, speak­ing to navy per­son­nel on the oc­ca­sion of Thurs­day’s feast day of St. Ni­cholas, pa­tron saint of Greek sea­men and the navy. Kam­menos said 2019 will see a gen­eral drive to up­grade the fleet, which faces strong com­pe­ti­tion from neigh­bour­ing Turkey, a NATO ally and his­toric re­gional ri­val.

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