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Greece, Turkey begin talks on confidence-building measures

The armed forces of Greece and Turkey began meeting in Athens on Monday in the framework of military talks on confidence-building measures (CBM).

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According to the National Defense Ministry, talks focused on selecting the activities related to confidence building in order to prevent tension and to reduce the risk of accidents.
The Turkish delegation arrived in Athens the same day, and talks will be completed on February 21.
Despite this, Turkish F-16s continue to enter the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) without submitting flight plans. On Monday, the armed forces registered 6 such infringements of Athens FIR and 34 violations of Greek national airspace by Turkish fighter planes in several regions of the Aegean Sea. In all cases, the Turkish jets were recognised and intercepted by Greek ones.