Turkey urges Greece to decrease tension in Aegean Sea

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Greece will not tolerate any challenges to its territorial integrity, its prime minister said on Thursday, days after Turkish and Greek coastguard vessels collided close to disputed islets in the Aegean Sea.

According to Greek news agency AMNA, a Turkish patrol boat rammed into a Greek Coast Guard patrol boat near the Kardak islets in the southeastern Aegean on Monday.

"Turkey is provoking and violating Greek and European Union waters, it proceeds with acts that violate any notion of maritime law and is coming close to [causing] an "accident" in the Aegean".

A similar incident occurred last month, when the Greek navy said the two vessels' sides "came together".

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a phone call yesterday, a source from the Turkish prime minister's office said.

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In 1996, the tiny, uninhabited islands of Imia - or Kardak, as they are known in Turkey - brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war and tensions have remained high ever since.

He said d the two prime ministers had agreed to ease tensions and keep their communication line open via political and diplomatic channels.

Greece also seems ready to deescalate the situation with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Asked about the recent incidents in the Aegean, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was unequivocal in his response, saying "I am strictly against behaviour of Turkey".

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