Greece, Turkey agree to focus on reducing Aegean tensions: Greek PM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greece and Turkey have agreed to focus efforts on easing tensions in the Aegean, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a NATO summit.

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Brussels, Belgium July 12, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

“I put to the Turkish president this increase in Turkish violations in the Aegean .. And we finally agreed to give emphasis to our efforts to reduce tensions in the Aegean,” Tsipras told a news conference in Brussels.

The two countries, which are members of the military alliance, are at odds over a host of issues ranging from ethnically split Cyprus to sovereignty over airspace and overflights.

Reporting By Humeyra Pamuk, writing by Michele Kambas

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