Tension in the Aegean: Turks point guns at Greek Coast Guard;



Tension has risen again in the Aegean Sea, when Turkish coast guards pointed their guns to their Greek colleagues in the sea area off the island of Farmakonisi on Sunday night. Τhe incident took place as a possible meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkei President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York, and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias briefed his EU counterparts of “Turkish delinquent behavior.”

Athens submitted a protest note to Ankara over the incident in Farmakonisi, where a Turkish Coast Guard vessel sailed to the edge of the territorial waters, stayed there for 13 minutes and at some point, the crew pointed with their guns at the men a Greek Coast Guard boat patrolling in the area.


Meanwhile in New York, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias briefed the European Union Foreign Ministers about the latest cases of Turkish delinquent behavior during a discussion held on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly.


Citing diplomatic sources, state-run news agency amna reported that Dendias focused on the unacceptable action of a Turkish warship, which disturbed a vessel conducting scientific research within the demarcated Greek continental shelf.


He stressed that the Maltese-flagged research vessel “Nautical Geo” was located just 10 nautical miles east of Crete in a sea area bordered by the Greek-Egyptian agreement of August 6, 2020.