Turkish officials in Athens for CBM talks
In a bid to revive confidence-building measures between Greece and Turkey, a delegation of Turkish military officials arrived in Athens on Monday for talks until Friday with their Greek counterparts in the presence of diplomats from both countries.
The main focus of discussions will be a memorandum signed by the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey in 1988, which included a moratorium on flights by military jets over the Aegean on weekends, holidays and the summer months of July and August. Nonetheless, Turkish helicopters reportedly violated Greek airspace several times on Monday.
The meetings come at a time of mounting tension between Ankara and Nicosia, over Turkey's plans to conduct exploratory drilling activities for hydrocarbons within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
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