Ankara, Athens discussed incident in Aegean Sea

Greece's Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras attends the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos

He said that to avoid such incidents, Greece and Turkey should be more careful.

"We explicitly expressed to him [Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras] that staying away from tensions will be better, with regards to relations between the two countries", Binali Yildirim, Turkey's prime minister, said on Wednesday.

"The Aegean Sea should not become a place of conflict, and Turkey and Greece should strive for peace and stability in this region", Yildirim said.

The incident occurred near the uninhabited Imia islets, just off the Turkish coast and a historic flashpoint in a long-running demarcation dispute.

Monday (February 12) saw another clash when a Turkish coast guard vessel rammed a Greek boat in the vicinity.

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"H stressed the need to immediately put an end to the growing provocative Turkish violations of the Greek islandsĪ„ territorial waters and the airspace in the Aegean and to reduce tension".

He said: "We have reached an agreement that as of now (tensions) are settled politically and diplomatically in a more calm way, through mutual understanding and with the channels of dialogue constantly open".

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

Stoltenberg added that he has spoken to defense ministers of both countries regarding the issue.

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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