© Reuters. Turkish Navy analysis vessel TCG Cesme sails in Istanbul’s Bosphorus

ANKARA/ATHENS (Reuters) – Turkey stated on Tuesday that 4 Greek jets harassed a Turkish analysis vessel within the Aegean Sea however Athens denied the accusation, which comes as the 2 NATO members search to renew talks over maritime disputes.

The Cesme analysis vessel began survey work final week in worldwide waters between the 2 international locations, prompting Greece to protest.

The Turkish defence ministry stated the 4 Greek F-16s approached the Cesme on Monday and one dropped a chaff flare two nautical miles from the vessel.

Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated Turkey responded with the “vital retaliation… in step with the foundations”.

“Whereas we’re finishing up scientific work, harassment isn’t applicable, it’s not befitting of fine neighbourly ties,” he advised reporters in parliament.

A Greek defence ministry official denied the accusations, saying “Greek jets by no means harassed the Turkish vessel.”

After a five-year hiatus, Turkish and Greek officers met on Jan. 25 to debate a decades-old dispute over the delimitation of maritime zones and rights to vitality assets within the jap Mediterranean. The allies have agreed to satisfy once more in Athens.

Athens stated it has despatched an invite to Ankara suggesting the talks resume in early March, forward of an EU summit. Ankara has stated it desires to proceed talks and enhance ties with the EU, which backs Greece within the dispute.

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