Ankara re­serves area in Aegean for ex­er­cises

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Turkey has is­sued a mar­itime order, or NAV­TEX, to re­serve a sea area be­tween the is­lands of Psara, Sky­ros and Evia for naval ex­er­cises, in­clud­ing the fir­ing of live am­mu­ni­tion. Al­though the area in ques­tion is in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, the NAV­TEX re­serv­ing it for use by Turkey for much of the re­main­der of July and Au­gust goes against one of the first con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sures that Athens and Ankara had agreed sev­eral years ago for an un­of­fi­cial mora­to­rium on mil­i­tary ex­er­cises dur­ing the sum­mer. Athens does not con­sider the mar­itime order a cause for par­tic­u­lar con­cern, but does be­lieve that it is symp­to­matic of the cur­rent lack of good­will.

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