A game with many players

The escalation of a crisis in relations between Athens and Ankara typically leads to negotiation; this is understood by both sides, as protracting a clash creates the risk of a potential military confrontation which Greece certainly does not want and Turkey most likely would not desire either.

That is what happened in the crisis of 1987 and again in the Imia crisis of January 1996. The difference is that both of the aforementioned crises were bilateral affairs, while in the current one the number of involved parties is larger and, more significantly, they have differing, and sometimes even diametrically opposed interests.
The first major issue is that the growing cooperation between Turkey and Russia is leaning toward cordial collaboration at least as relates to developments in the Middle East. Further complicating the problem is that ties between Athens and Moscow have...

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