Turkey-Greece military delegation talks delayed

Turkey-Greece military delegation talks delayed

A meeting between Turkish and Greek military delegations, initially planned for Sept. 8 at NATO headquarters in Brussels to discuss methods for reducing risks of incidents in the Eastern Mediterranean, was rescheduled for Sept. 10, Hurriyet Daily News reports. 

According to Turkish National Defense Ministry sources, the technical talks - planned after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg - is postponed to Sept.10 by the NATO Military Committee.

Meanwhile, earlier Greece has reinforced its military presence on the Turkish border amid increasing tensions between the two countries over energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, Daily Sabah reported. 

Giorgos Koumoutsakos, the Greek deputy migration minister, claimed that Ankara could use migrants to pressure the European Union not to impose sanctions on Turkey.

The escalating conflict is set to top the agenda at a September 24-25 European Council meeting, with some member states pressing for sanctions against Turkey.

"We are prepared and will respond as we did in March," Koumoutsakos told news agency Skai.

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