Greece plans military drills in response to Turkish provocations

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To prepare for any Turkish challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean, Athens has issued military exercises in the area between Crete and Kastellorizo for the entire summer.

Greece issued a NOTAM for the specific area and a NAVTEX for a portion of it in order to conduct Navy and Air Force exercises.

ΜΗΝΥΜΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑ: Μέχρι τον Σεπτέμβρη συνεχόμενες ασκήσεις
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens

The NOTAM is valid from June to September, which means that forces of the Hellenic Navy and the Hellenic Air Force will exercise southeast of Crete throughout the summer, preventing Ankara from making any offensive moves in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

The Greek NOTAM and NAVTEX focuses on the illegal EEZ claimed by Turkey following the signing of the illegal Turkish-Libyan Memorandum between the Turkish and Libyan governments in 2019.

This development sends a strong message to Turkey, which has recently repeatedly provoked Greece with multiple airspace violations, overflights over Greek territory, threats, and aggressive statements from Turkish officials.

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