Turkey looks to ease Aegean tensions

Greece's Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras attends the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos

Turkey looks to ease Aegean tensions

The secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Thursday called on Turkey and Greece to ease tensions in the Aegean Sea.

"Recently, there have been some violations during this tension, which started with the Kardak rocks, to which we gave a response", Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters on Wednesday (February 14).

Yildirim's remarks came a day after he and Tsipras spoke over the phone on latest incident and recent developments in the Aegean Sea.

Although this is the second such incident on this month, which it blamed on "dangerous maneuvers" by the Turkish boat but nobody was hurt according to the Greek navy, not to mention that the Greek boat got damaged.

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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Coast guard officers warned off Kammenos, who was heading to the Kardak islets in an assault boat to lay a wreath there.

Many in Turkey dispute Greek ownership of the Aegean islets near Turkey's coastline.

The Aegean Sea is a favorite route for migrants looking to cross into Europe via Turkey.

He added that the two premiers agreed to ease tensions and keep communication lines open via political and diplomatic channels.

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.

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