Greek, Turkish Coast Guard vessels collide in Aegean Sea, Athens protests to Ankara

Greek, Turkish Coast Guard vessels collide in Aegean Sea, Athens protests to Ankara
# 25 September 2012 23:20 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. A Greek and a Turkish Coast Guard vessel collided in the Aegean Sea on Wednesday resulting in no injuries, but a strong protest by the Greek Foreign Ministry to Ankara, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

According to a statement by Greek authorities, the Turkish vessel maneuvered dangerously, when asked to leave Greek territorial waters by the captain of the Greek vessel which was on an anti-migration patrol near Farmakonissi island.

The Greek Finance Ministry said that the Greek embassy in Ankara will formally make a complaint to Turkey over the incident, adding that such breaches do not assist efforts to tackle the flow of illegal immigrants and harm the climate between the two neighboring countries.

Historically arch-rivals, Greece and Turkey are divided over border disputes in the Aegean Sea with tension rising in the area several times in modern history. In recent years, the two countries face in addition the challenge of illegal migration.

Thousands of immigrants from Asia and Africa seek to enter illegally Greece and eventually reach other European Union countries through Turkey, ending in a legal limbo in Greece.

The debt-laden country complains that it can no longer bear the burden and in recent months has stepped up measures to avoid a new influx of illegal migrants.
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