The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg announced that Greece and Turkey canceled scheduled military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea next week in order to calm the existing tension.
He added that he welcomed this decision and considered it a step in the right direction that would allow to reduce the risk of accidents, and that it could represent a pillar of the efforts led by Germany to resolve disputes over the maritime borders between the two countries.
For his part, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that his country could cancel its naval maneuvers that were to be held on the 28th of this month in the Aegean, provided that Greece canceled its maneuvers.
These statements came after the Turkish minister finished participating in the meeting of NATO defense ministers via the television circuit.
Akar said, “We assessed the developments of the situation today, and suggested as a step to show our good faith that we could cancel the maneuvers that we were going to do on the 28th of this month, if Greece canceled its similar maneuvers.”