Greece, United Arab Emirates sign defense deal to counter Ankara

Is President RT Erdogan's foreign policy turning against Turkey? In any case, this is what one can think of when observing the many announcements and actions undertaken in this direction in recent days, whether in Europe or the Middle East. Indeed, in what can be compared to a law of series, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and his counterpart of the United Arab Emirates, the prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, signed last week an ambitious Defense agreement unambiguously oriented to contain Turkish expansionism in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

This agreement follows the deployment of Emirati F-16s to Crete during bilateral exercises with the Hellenic air forces in the midst of a crisis between Ankara and Athens, while the two countries have an identical position concerning mining explorations carried out by Turkey and its exploration vessel Orus Reis in the eastern Mediterranean, in an area claimed by Cyprus and Athens. A few months earlier, in May, the two countries, but also Cyprus, Egypt and France, jointly strongly condemned the dispatch of this exploration vessel, kicking off several months of tensions in the region. .

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The Orus Reis mining exploration missions in the Eastern Mediterranean have sparked regional tensions

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