Negotiations aim to prevent incidents in the eastern Mediterranean
Turkey and Greece have agreed to hold talks to prevent incidents, while Turkey is conducting major naval exercises in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean, which Greece claims.
Fears of confrontation between the two NATO members have been growing recently, as diplomatic efforts failed until NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement on Thursday.
“After my talks with the leaders of Greece and Turkey, the two countries agreed to enter into technical negotiations with NATO to establish mechanisms for resolving military conflicts in order to reduce the risk of incidents in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.
Turkey and Greece, NATO allies, are categorically divided over claims to natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean and the length of their continental shelves.
Ahead of the two-week naval exercise, which began on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Greece, accusing it of “banditry and piracy.”