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Five-nation military exercise in East Mediterranean sends message to Ankara

Cyprus and Greece will join Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates in conducting a joint sea-air exercise off the Mediterranean coast of Alexandria, starting Monday, November 30.

The joint exercise is expected to last until December 6, according to Cyprus’ Ministry of Defense, which announced the exercise via Twitter on Saturday.

 

The exercise is dubbed ”MEDUSA” and is the latest development in an area where tensions between Turkey and Greece have been very high since July.

In response to the exercise, Turkey’s Defense Ministry noted that the alliance had conducted successive military drills in the Eastern Mediterranean since August “to provoke Turkey,” according to Turkish media outlet, Daily Sabah.