A new Turkish military exercise will begin this Sunday in the Mediterranean, a new gesture of defiance against Greece in its dispute over the territorial waters of the Aegean.
Turkish and Turkish Cypriot military personnel take part in five maneuvers, known as the Mediterranean attack maneuvers. Captain Martyr Cengiz Topel recalls the pilot who was killed in 1964 in the Cyprus War between the Greek Cypriots, supported by the Athens dictatorship, and the Turkish Cypriot separatists.
These maneuvers include air, sea and land operations, the Turkish Defense Ministry reported in a statement from the official Anatolia News Agency. They want to “improve joint training, cooperation and interoperability” between the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot armed forces.
Turkey and Greece are fighting over the search for rights in the Eastern Mediterranean with a view to the possible discovery of hydrocarbon reserves. Greece has been divided since 1974 between the Republic of Cyprus, similar to Greece and recognized by the international community, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognized only by Turkey.