Greece-Turkey spat heats up; NATO chief warns about lack of progress in negotiations

Greece-Turkey spat heats up; NATO chief warns about lack of progress in negotiations
Erdogan opens Germany's largest mosque, Sep 2018. Al Jazeera video, YouTube

[Ed. – It’s still mostly a matter of rhetoric and close encounters in the Aegean.  But it’s going the wrong direction.  After Erdogan ostentatiously hosted a Hamas delegation this week, many are asking how compatible Turkey still is with NATO.  But with no vision for a post-Turkey NATO – such as what the alliance is even for at this point – no one is ready to take that on.  Carstensen has a good summary of the current situation.]

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg voiced concern Wednesday about an apparent failure by Germany to mediate between quarrelling NATO members Turkey and Greece over competing drilling claims in the eastern Mediterranean.

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On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met counterparts in Greece and in Turkey. Despite those mediation attempts, Greece has invited French and United Arab Emirates to hold joint military exercises in the region. Meanwhile Turkey has launched its own drills, sparking fears the tensions could spill over into conflict.

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