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Turkish F-16s and warships responded to Greece and UAE in Aegean Sea

ATHENS, (BM) – The Turkish air and naval forces carried out joint training exercises in the Aegean Sea, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday, continuing to challenge Greece in every way, after the practical military support from countries such as France and the UAE, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Pentapostagma.

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The F-16 fighter jets took part along with warships to “strengthen, maintain and improve the operational capacity of joint operations between forces”, the ministry said.

The announcement was not made by chance as NATO members Turkey and Greece have their eyes on the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey is conducting illegal investigations to find natural gas and oil in the Greek EEZ.

Ankara, with such challenges through exercises, is trying to intensify its aggressive behavior in our Archipelago. It is not a coincidence that we mentioned that they carried out such an exercise, one day after the announcement of Turkey for significant discoveries of natural gas deposits in the Black Sea, according to the Turkish officials.

Two weeks ago, Turkey sent a research vessel accompanied by a warship to search waters in which Greece has exclusive rights to the underwater seabed.

Athens responded by sending its own warships to the area and putting its army on alert. France actively supported Greece and Cyprus, as it also sent warships and planes to conduct exercises with Greek forces.

In addition, as mentioned in a previous article, the UAE will also send fighter jets to Crete for joint training next week.

Greek-Turkish relations have traditionally been tense. The two countries have been on the brink of war three times since the mid-1970s, including once for drilling in the Aegean.

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French relations with Turkey are strained by Ankara’s involvement in the Libyan civil war. The UAE is a bitter opponent of Turkey in a wider struggle for political Islam, while Abu Dhabi and Ankara support rival factions in Libya.

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