Turkey, Greece to use dialogue to calm Aegean tensions

Turkey, Greece to use dialogue to calm Aegean tensions

Turkey and Greece discussed the incident in the Aegean Sea, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said before the visit to Belarus, Turkish media reported on Feb.14.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti during signature ceremony on the side meeting of NATO Defense Ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on Thursday.

Grigoris Demestichas, a retired Greek admiral, said: "This..."

Coastguard officers warned Kammenos, who was heading to the Kardak islets in an assault boat to lay a wreath there.

"Turkey is provoking and violating Greek and European Union waters, it proceeds with acts that violate any notion of maritime law and is coming close to [causing] an "accident" in the Aegean".


He said that to avoid such incidents, Greece and Turkey should be more careful.

The incident occurred near the uninhabited Imia islets, just off the Turkish coast and a historic flashpoint in a long-running demarcation dispute.

He said d the two prime ministers had agreed to ease tensions and keep their communication line open via political and diplomatic channels.

Turkey and Greece, Nato allies, have always been at odds over issues from ethnically split Cyprus to airspace and overflight rights and relations have worsened since Greece blocked the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers that Ankara accuses of involvement in 2016's failed coup.

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