Athens did not respect the moratorium in the Aegean Sea! Turkey responded with Navtex

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Although President Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis agreed last week at the NATO leaders’ summit to avoid tensions between the two Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean countries this year, the party Greek did not comply.


According to the information received, with the Athens Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 1988, it was decided not to organize exercises in the international waters of the Aegean Sea between June 15 and September 15, during the tourist season. When planning operations training activities for 2021, Turkey did not make a “site announcement” for the Aegean Sea in international waters during the said period.


However, despite the agreement between the two countries, the Athens administration has announced a training and exercise ground in the Aegean Sea to cover the period determined by the moratorium this year. When the warnings against Athens were ignored, Turkey also announced Navtex on June 22, 2021 for military training in international waters in the northern, central and southern parts of the Aegean Sea, as part of the reciprocity. It was stated that if Athens decides to comply with the moratorium, Turkey will take a goodwill approach.

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The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the bill providing military equipment and training assistance to Greece. The bill entitled “Law on Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership between the United States and Greece” includes assistance for the process of modernizing the Greek military and the process of transitioning away from Russian-made equipment. At the same time, it is expected that annual international military training support of $ 1.8 million will be provided to Greece during fiscal years 2022-2026. The bill, which also allows the United States to directly credit the purchase of weapons, also allows the delivery of F-35 planes ordered by Greece.

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