BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greece and Turkey have agreed to focus efforts on easing tensions in the Aegean, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a NATO summit.
“I put to the Turkish president this increase in Turkish violations in the Aegean .. And we finally agreed to give emphasis to our efforts to reduce tensions,” Tsipras told a news conference in Brussels.
Countries - Members - Alliance - Odds - Host
The two countries, which are members of the military alliance, are at odds over a host of issues ranging from ethnically split Cyprus to sovereignty over airspace and overflights.
Turkey says its jets carry out regular patrols along the Aegean as part of its right to protect its borders.
Tensions - Rhetoric - Neighbors - Years - Soldiers
While tensions have long simmered, the rhetoric between the two neighbors has sharpened in the past two years: Two Greek soldiers detained by Turkey and eight Turkish soldiers seeking asylum in Greece have been the focal point of verbal jousting in recent months.
The meeting with Erdogan, which lasted almost two hours, was not “the easiest of meetings”, Tsipras told journalists.
Soldiers - March - Borderline
The Greek soldiers were arrested in March after crossing a borderline between the...
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