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The dispute between Greece and Turkey continues to escalate

The dispute between Greece and Turkey continues to escalate

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Greece and Turkey are NATO allies, but their relationship has been marked by great tension for decades. In the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean, there is a dispute between Turkey and Greece over the delimitation of maritime economic zones, sovereign rights and territorial claims in relation to the various Aegean islands, which are mostly related to stocks of raw materials.

Both sides regularly accuse each other of violating borders and treaties. There are also near-daily sightseeing flights from both countries, particularly around the Greek islands near the Turkish coast.

Turkey has recently sharpened the tone towards Greece. The government in Ankara questioned Greek sovereignty over several Aegean islands and suspended contacts with the Greek government.

Ankara claims that the Aegean islands were ceded to Greece under the 1923 and 1947 treaties on the condition that they not be armed. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has repeatedly stated that Athens insists on militarizing the islands. Therefore, Turkey could challenge Greek sovereignty over the islands. On the other hand, conservative Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described the allegations and Turkey’s position on the issue as “completely absurd.”

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