America is concerned about a possible “accident” between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean, Washington’s ambassador to Athens has said.
Geoffrey Pyatt was speaking after fresh tensions emerged on Sunday when Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos laid a wreath at the site where three Greek officers died in a helicopter crash during the 1996 Imia crisis.
Turkish ships were seen close to Kammenos’ Greek naval vessel during the ceremony. On Monday, the Greek navy refuted the Turkish claims, saying the minister laid the wreath as planned.
In comments made to Skai television as part of an interview to be aired on Tuesday night, Pyatt said: “As long as you have these lethal complex military systems operating close to each other, there is always a terrible risk of an accident, which of course will cause great complications in your relationship.”
Pyatt also spoke about the ‘Macedonia’ name dispute, saying: “We support [mediator] Matthew Nimetz and his UN efforts to resolve the issue.
“I am optimistic. The U.S. will do everything to support Matthew Nimetz in the coming days and weeks.”