Will the Aegean Sea trigger a war between Turkey and Greece?
19:55 - 12/05/2019
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The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on Greece to abandon attempts to impose a fait accompli in the Aegean Sea by marginalizing legitimate Turkish interests, international laws and historical facts.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Aksoi's statement came in response to statements made by the Greek foreign and defense ministers on the problems between Ankara and Athens in the Aegean Sea, where the NATO activities in the Aegean to combat irregular migration are canceling Turkey's legitimate positions stemming from international laws.
He explained that these allegations are useless, and that NATO activities in the Aegean are conducted on humanitarian grounds, and go with the consent of Turkey and its consent.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman pointed out that the islands east of the Aegean Sea have become non-military, through various international agreements, including the Lisbon Treaty of 1923 and the Paris Convention of 1947.
He added that these conventions and treaties are still in force and are binding on Greece, stressing that Athens must carry out its duties in accordance with the provisions of the provisions of the said conventions and treaties.
He pointed out that all treaties and agreements prohibit Greece from arming the islands east of the Aegean Sea, stressing that NATO follows the policy of non-interference in matters concerning the bilateral relations between the Allies and that the Alliance is moving in the Aegean Sea from this principle.
He also said that NATO has vowed not to send its active ships in the Aegean Sea to the ports of the islands that do not have a military character.
In 2016, NATO deployed patrols in the Aegean Sea, one of the most important routes for migrants to reach Europe from Turkish territory to monitor irregular migration movements in cooperation with the Turkish and Greek authorities and Frontex. End 25 n