Recently, there has been a seriously ongoing tension between Turkey and Greece. The tensions have escalated into a spark Wich has prompted the European Union to send warnings to the parties involved, pointing out that if the current situation of things...
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Recently, there has been a seriously ongoing tension between Turkey and Greece. The tensions have escalated into a "spark" Wich has prompted the European Union to send warnings to the parties involved, pointing out that if the current situation of things are not curbed, there could erupt an open military conflict in the Mediterranean lurking around the corner in no distance time.
To be honest, Turkey and Greece who are parties in the conflict have not been shoved into deescalation of their contentions. The European Union could soon see a new conflict within its boundaries. However, Heiko Maas, Germany's Foreign Minister, has been alternating between Athens and Ankara, both capitals of the conflicting parties. This has been a diplomatic move to pass over the divide between the two conflicting parties. He has also warned that failure could result in war.
"The current situation in the eastern Mediterranean is playing with fire, and any spark - however small - could lead to a disaster. No one can have an interest in that, and certainly not in a military confrontation between NATO partners and neighbours. The situation is very risky.
"Whoever moves closer and closer to the abyss can at some point fall down. That’s a development which we want to avoid. Nobody wants to solve this conflict militarily, which would be absolute insanity but the willingness for dialogue is there."
The above were the very words of Heiko Maas, who spoke at a press conference in Greece, on Tuesday, 25th August, 2020.
Furthermore, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu insisted Ankara is ready to resume talks with Greece but demanded an end to Athens' "maximalist approach". This goes to show that there is hope of ameliorating whatever crisis that has ensured between both nation's but then Turkey has demanded a compromise in the part if Greece. Also, despite the opening from Turkey, Greece has maintained they will not agree to any dialogue until Ankara ends its "threatening" behaviour.
Turkey and Greece have proclaimed they are ready to do whatever it takes to defend their country's soverignties and have announced they will both hold military drills in the Mediterranean.