Turkey and Greece “Playing with Fire” Says Germany

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Germany’s top diplomat has urged Turkey and Greece to get to the table as both announce military exercises close to each other on the sea. “The current situation in the eastern Mediterranean is equivalent to playing with fire,” Heiko Maas said in Athens. “Every little spark can lead to catastrophe.” “Athens on Monday issued an advisory to ships (Navtex) that its air and naval forces would conduct joint exercises in an area that overlaps with the one reserved by Ankara in a similar advisory issued on Sunday,” a Greek paper said. “We have shown those trying to prevent us in the Eastern Mediterranean that we will claim our rights even if this means using force when necessary,” Turkey’s Erdogan said after adding Greece would be responsible for any “negative developments.” The two armies are now to exercise in the same area between Cyprus and Crete with this being the latest…

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