Armed forces from Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus have been participating in joint air-naval maneuvers since Wednesday that arrive amid escalating tensions with Turkey over their potential interests in the eastern Mediterranean.
The exercises, which will last until Friday, will take place in the southern part of Cyprus. According to the Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, they want to demonstrate “the commitment of the four Mediterranean countries to the rule of law within the framework of the policy of reducing tensions,” reports the daily Kathimerini.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week condemned the preparation of these exercises and accused Greece of increasing tensions in the region. Ankara sees them as a threat to the safety of shipping for all ships in the region.