NATO made it clear this Friday that the technical dialogue at the military level between Greece and Turkey is already underway within the military organization and separated this process from the EU’s diplomatic efforts so that Athens and Ankara can resolve their differences over the Mediterranean . Oriental.
At a press conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Greeks and Turks had already held their first NATO-sponsored talks, but emphasized that the dialogue was on a “military-technical” level and that it was possible to avoid friction in Mediterranean waters.
In other words, the Atlantic Alliance will focus on agreeing mechanisms to reduce the military escalation in an area that has seen major sea activity in recent weeks. In addition to the Turkish oil exploration, there are ships from Greece and the recent deployment of France and Italy in the region to support Athens.
“An agreement has not yet been reached, but the talks have already started,” said the Norwegian politician, who publicly announced this Thursday this initiative, which was warmly received by Greece. A few hours later, the Greek executive lowered expectations, insisting that Stoltenberg’s announcement was false and that Turkey must withdraw its ships in order to negotiate first.