Stoltenberg traveled to Greece and Turkey to defuse tension in eastern Mediterranean

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg travelled to Ankara yesterday to remind people that “dialogue” is the only solution to the accumulated tensions

What happens when two countries belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) confront each other directly? Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean since Turkey has put its oil exploration vessels to sea in the exclusive economic zones of Greece and Cyprus have brought this question back to the table. Both Turkey and Greece agreed last week to establish a permanent telephone line to prevent possible incidents in the eastern Mediterranean. To underpin this agreement, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to visit both countries to calm the atmosphere. Both Ankara and Athens joined NATO in the same year (1952) and have since had several unpleasant encounters.


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