view from onboard the US Navy (USN) Sacramento Class Fast Combat Support Ship, USS SEATTLE (AOE 3), showing The Greece Navy Hydra Class (Meko 200HN) Frigate, Hellenic Ship (HS) PSARA (F 454), underway conducting Replenishment At Sea (RAS) operations during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. An H2.50 caliber machine gun sits at rest unmanned in the foreground

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Greek Ministry of Defense announced that Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus will hold military exercises from Wednesday to Friday to the south of the island of Crete in the eastern Mediterranean, as tensions between Athens and Ankara continue to escalate.

The ministry said in a statement: “Cyprus, Greece, France and Italy have agreed to deploy a joint presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, within the framework of the Quartet Cooperation Initiative (SQAD)”.

The sources indicated that these exercises will take place between August 26 and 28 to the south of the Greek island of Crete and Cyprus.

The discovery of large gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years has raised tensions between Ankara and Athens, which are in conflict over some maritime areas.

Turkey has warned Greece about holding these military drills, as Ankara said on Tuesday that this move by Athens will lead to a “path of ruin”.

Greece has not backed down, however, pointing out that they are ready to defend their sovereignty in front of Turkey’s threats.

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Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-26 22:23

“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”
– Niccolo Machiavelli

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Stern Daler
2020-08-27 11:02
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The joint exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean of Cyprus, Greece, France and Italy is called “Eunomia”. Eunomia was the old Greek goddess of right, law and legality. Sounds like EU police action not war.

This name shows Turkey what EU thinks about stealing land rights and gas.

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Stern Daler
2020-08-27 10:46

Turks are encouraged by their US masters.

Alone Ankara stands no chance in case of a conflict with EU.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-28 03:19
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Even with US backing, Turkey doesn’t stands a chance, and moreover I doubt the whole US establishment being positive with it, unless they want an EU+Russia block which is likely the worst nightmare for Capitol Hill’s “think tanks”

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Stern Daler
2020-08-29 06:14
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Will EU politician dare to defy the US. I would because They can only chose Turkey or EU. An EU China combined embargo can sanction any power into submission.