For the first time, Greece accepts an indeterminate agreement that does not need to be renewed every year. In return, U.S. forces are expected to expand the base of the Sixth Fleet on the southern Greek island of Crete and create drone bases and permanent helicopter training facilities in central Greece. Military relations can be traced back to the early 19th century, when the Greeks fought for independence against the Ottoman Empire. During the Philhellenism movement, the two nations found common ground among their values of freedom and democracy, while many American philhellens also helped in Greece. In 1953, the first defence cooperation agreement between Greece and the United States was signed, which provides for the installation and operation of American military installations on Greek territory. The current defence cooperation agreement provides for continued U.S. military support to Greece and the operation of a large military facility in The Bay of Souda, Crete, by the United States.  According to him, “Alexandroupolis is within the area 30 km from the border and which must be demilitarized. It is a wise attempt to create an American base in this sensitive area where the Turks of Western Thrace reside, whose right of self-administration has been violated by Greece for 100 years by not injuring Lausanne, and the creation of a buffer military zone between Turkey and Komotini and Xanthi, where a dense population of Turkish minorities lives. After 1946, the United States provided Greece with more than $11.1 billion in economic and security assistance.
Economic programs were abandoned in 1962, but military support continued. In fiscal 1995, Greece was the fourth recipient of U.S. security assistance and received a total of $255.15 million in foreign military funding.  The defence agreement was strongly condemned by left-wing opposition parties. Greece and the United States have long-standing historical, political and cultural ties, based on a common Western heritage, shared democratic values and participation as allies during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War and the war on terror.