Greece accuses Turkey of violating its maritime border hours after Tsipras - Erdogan meeting

Greece accuses Turkey of violating its maritime border hours after Tsipras - Erdogan meeting

 Just hours after Greek Prime Minister met with Turkish President in China, Athens accuses Ankara that two Turkish navy ships have violated Greece's territorial waters for more than 20 minutes.

The Greek newspaper "Protothema" said that two Turkish navy ships crossed Greece's territorial waters near the island of Agathonisi, near Kalymnos, Southern Aegean. 

The serious incident comes only hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Alexis Tsipras in China and urged him to abide by the Lausanne treaty, which clearly implies the demilitarization of the Aegean islands.

According to sources, two Turkish warships crossed into Greek waters on Monday, but the Greek Army did not give details. The two Turkish warships were participating in a military training and approached the Eastern and Northern Greek coasts.

Turkey and Greece have great disagreements over many islands in the Aegean Sea.

In 1996 Turkey and Greece clashed in what is known as the Karadak Crisis. The two states landed soldiers on two uninhabited islands and for a while avoided a frontal crash between two armies.

The situation between the two neighbors was aggravated again this year, as on January 29, the Chief of Staff of the Turkish Army sailed around the islands of Imia (the Karadaks in Greek), and immediately thereafter, the Greek Defense Minister flew close to the islands and cast flower crowns In the sea in honor of the Greek soldiers killed in 1996.

The controversy over the Aegean islands last year added to the issue of eight Turkish military escaped in Greece with a helicopter a day after the coup last Summer in Turkey.

Official Athens has refused to extradite them until now, while Ankara is pledged to respond./Oculus News

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