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Greek, Turkish Navy Vessels Reportedly Collide in the East Med

The Greek Navy frigate Limnos participating in Thursday’s joint drills with French forces

Greek and Turkish Navy vessels reportedly collided on Wednesday in the area south of Crete where where the Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis is conducting surveys accompanied by warships from the its own Navy.
According to reports, there was a collision between the frigate Limnos and the Turkish vessel Kemal Reis, which it appears was due to a mistake made by the captain of the Turkish vessel.
The Turkish frigate was damaged, in contrast to the Greek one, which continued to participate in Thursday’s Greek-French joint exercise in the region.
It is expected that the supposed incident will be brought up by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias at Friday’s extraordinary EU Foreign Affairs Council, which had been requested by Greece after the last week’s disturbing developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Neither Athens or Ankara have confirmed the incident. On Wednesday evening, Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned of the danger of an accident in the eastern Mediterranean, saying:
“Let everyone know that the risk of an accident lurks when so many troops are concentrated in a limited area. And the responsibility in such a case will be borne by the one who causes these conditions,” Mitsotakis said.

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