Turkey issues Aegean alert over Greek violation of summer naval training ban
Turkey declares training zones in Aegean Sea in response to Greece's violation of 1988 Athens Memorandum of Understanding
Under a longstanding agreement between Ankara and Athens, the international waters of the Aegean Sea are off limits to military training during high tourism season, from June 15 to Sept. 15, but Greece violated this pact by declaring the waters to be training zones, according to Turkish military sources.
In light of the 1988 Athens Memorandum of Understanding, which prohibits the drills during tourist season and holidays, Turkey had not designated the Aegean a training ground for the summer, but Turkey did so only in response to Greece’s violation, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Greece previously violated the pact this May 19, by holding exercises on Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth, and Sports Day, a Turkish national holiday.