UK Navy Calls off Aegean Exercise to ‘Steer Clear’ of Greek-Turkish tensions

Greek daily Kathimerini reports that the British Royal Navy has cancelled a scheduled military exercise in the Aegean in what appears as an effort to steer clear of Greek-Turkish tensions.

The exercise was due to take place off the south-eastern Aegean island of Karpathos.

The cancellation was announced in a navigational telex (navtex) issued by Ankara, to the outrage of Athens.

Kathimerini says that it was the second time in the last two weeks that Turkey had issued a navtex announcing that a third country would hold military exercises within Greek or Cypriot territorial waters.

In late July, Ankara had issued a navtex announcing an American military vessel would be conducting activities within Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Through its ambassador in Nicosia,Washington officially denied having asked Turkey to issue a navtex regarding the American warship.