Greece’s Defense Minister Apostolakis Warns ”Serious Accident” With Turkey Could Occur



Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. File photo

Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis warned on Monday that there is a chance of a serious accident occurring with Turkey in the Aegean Sea. His remarks were made while speaking to an Athens meeting of the sub-committees of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly.

Defense Minister Apostolakis spoke about dangerous incidents both in the air and in the sea which could lead to a major accident. He added that Greece, for its part, ”tries constantly to reduce the tensions.”

Apostolakis announced that two technical groups from Greece and Turkey will meet in the next several days. They have been tasked with specifying the actions that will be taken following the agreement between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to build ”measures of trust” between the two countries.

The defense minister also noted the importance of the American presence in the region, noting that the Russians have seventeen military vessels in the broader region of the Eastern Mediterranean now, compared to the four or five they had several years ago.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is the consultative inter-parliamentary organization of the North Atlantic Alliance. Its current president is Madeleine Moon, from Great Britain, who was welcomed to Athens by the Greek Speaker of the House, Nikolaos Voutsis.