Boat Collision Raises Tensions Between Greece And Turkey

Boat Collision Raises Tensions Between Greece And Turkey

For the second time, a Greek and a Turkish patrol boat collided near a disputed islet group in the Aegean, the Greek navy said Tuesday, as a Turkey-EU row unfolded over Cyprus.

Yildirim said that "the Aegean should be a sea of friendship between Greece" following a phone conversation with Greek premier Alexis Tsipras.

Yildirim said the Greek and Turkish military chiefs would meet on the margins of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels in May.

The Turkish Coastguard blocked Greece's Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on January 28 from approaching a pair of islets in the Aegean, according to the Turkish media.

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The U.S. officials will be joined by several more of their regional counterparts, according to a U.S. Embassy press release in order to discuss an array of topics that do not include the tense relations between Greece and neighbouring North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey.

It is believed that the migrants, including 36 Syrians and eight Eritreans, were trying to reach a Greek island, said the coast guard, who said he started a rescue operation after receiving a message asking for help from the boat. Following the warning, the Greek boat left Turkey's territorial waters.

The incident occurred near the uninhabited Imia islets, just off the Turkish coast and a historic flashpoint in a long-running demarcation dispute. "We agreed with Greece to ease the tensions and keep the line of communication open via political and diplomatic channels as part of a mutual understanding".

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