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Turkey Warns Greece Over Aegean Island Forces as Spat Grows

  • Strains over contested territorial waters mounting steadily
  • US urges the NATO allies to resolve differences diplomatically
Greek soldiers prepare to board a ferry at the port of the Greek island of Kastellorizo, on Aug. 28. 2020.

Greek soldiers prepare to board a ferry at the port of the Greek island of Kastellorizo, on Aug. 28. 2020.

Photographer: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

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Turkey warned Greece against exceeding limits on military forces allowed on Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, as the US urged the NATO allies to step back from a recent escalation in tensions.

“We are extremely serious, we are not bluffing,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Hurriyet newspaper in an interview published Thursday.