NATO establishes hotline between Greek, Turkish armed forces

NATO has established a military de-confliction mechanism to reduce the riskes of incidents and accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey, it said on Thursday.

In a statement, the alliance said that it “includes the creation of a hotline between Greece and Turkey, to facilitate de-confliction at sea or in the air.”

NATO said in addition that the technical military de-confliction talks, which began in early September, were initiated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after high-level contacts with both Greece and Turkey.

Calling both Greece and Turkey “valued allies”, Stoltenberg was quoted as saying in the statement that “this safety mechanism can help to create the space for diplomatic efforts to address the underlying dispute, and we stand ready to develop it further,” and he pledged to remain in close contact with both countries.