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The organization of Turkish maneuvers in the Aegean Sea troubles the Greeks

(B2) The organization by the Turkish navy, in liaison with NATO, of maneuvers in the Aegean Sea in the second half of March arouses irritation in Greece. Several European navies are expected – Belgian, Dutch and British – as well as American. In the plan of the exercise, the Greek government sees it as the mark of the Turkish maritime claim, with the partition of this maritime space in terms of search and rescue and the demilitarization of the eastern islands of the sea. The Minister of Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Meimaraki spoke to his counterparts during the informal meeting of NATO ministers in Krakow.

It is this Turkish threat, real or felt, as well as repeated incidents between the Turkish and Greek armies in the Aegean Sea, which justifies for Greece the order (or at least the initiation of negotiations...) of new military equipment (read “Greece makes its market in France”). Essentially intended for its navy and air force, this equipment could seem a little disproportionate, in any case, against all the budgetary restrictions adopted by several European countries (read “military budgets targeted”).


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).