NATO pa­trols to con­tinue

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Pa­trols by the Stand­ing NATO Mar­itime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean to stem the flow of mi­grants into Europe will con­tinue de­spite ob­jec­tions by Turkey, de­fense min­is­ters agreed yes­ter­day at a NATO sum­mit in Brus­sels.

“The pre­ven­tion of refugee flows with NATO ships will con­tinue as long as there are prospec­tive il­le­gal mi­grants or refugees on the other side of the Aegean,” said Greek De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos.

Per­haps the most im­por­tant re­sult of the sum­mit that be­gan on Wed­nes­day was an agree­ment to es­tab­lish a south­ern de­fense hub at NATO’s al­lied in­ter­force com­mand cen­ter in Naples, Italy, to mon­i­tor threats along the al­liance’s south­ern doorstep.

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