PortandTerminal.com, June 27, 2020
ATHENS – On Jun 23 the Greek Navy sunk an old freighter during Naval drills, deploying submarine, frigate and helicopter forces. The decommissioned vessel was torpedoed and fired upon with missiles, launched from frigate and helicopter.
Greek media and Naval officials acknowledged that the drill was conducted as a warning to Turkey.
What’s going on?
Relations between Turkey and Greece are tense at the moment between the two NATO allies. While experts say that military confrontation between the two countries is unlikely, a war of words and provocation is already underway.
Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos recently highlighted his country’s “readiness for military conflict with Turkey.”
On June 10th, a Greek navy helicopter attempted to stop and check a cargo ship accompanied by Turkish frigates in the Eastern Mediterranean but retreated after a warning from Turkey’s military.
Greece has also protested Turkish drilling plans in 24 locations in the Mediterranean Sea that it considers Greek territory. In a statement, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias warned that Athens would retaliate if Ankara begins drilling in the area.
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