NATO’s Ram­stein Guard called off af­ter com­plaint

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NATO has can­celed its elec­tronic war­fare ex­er­cise Ram­stein Guard due to dis­agree­ments be­tween al­liance mem­bers Greece and Turkey.

The ex­er­cise, which had been due to be­gin yes­ter­day, aimed to com­bine elec­tronic tech­nolo­gies with Greek air and sea ca­pa­bil­i­ties. But it was called off af­ter Ankara re­quested on Sun­day that the Greek is­land of Lim­nos in the north­east­ern Aegean not be in­cluded in the ex­er­cise, say­ing it should be demil­i­ta­rized as stipu- lated in the 1923 Lau­sanne Treaty, which set the modern bor­ders be­tween ther two coun­tries.

Greece re­jects Turkey’s claim about the de­mil­i­ta­riza­tion of Lim­nos, cit­ing an­other treaty, that of Mon­treux in 1936.

Af­ter Turkey’s veto, NATO scrapped Lim­nos from the ex­er­cise, prompting Greece’s with­drawal. Mean­while, ten­sions in the Aegean were fu­eled again yes­ter­day af­ter two Turk­ish F-16 en­gaged in a mock dog fight with two Greek Mi­rage 2000s.

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