ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and the United Arab Emirates beget begun joint air force coaching exercises within the eastern Mediterranean, within the most popular private-up of militia forces within the place where Greece and Turkey are at odds over seabed mineral rights.
The coaching flights began Friday, a day after the UAE performed the switch of nine F-16 fighter jets and four transport planes to a Greek airbase on the island of Crete, the Greek Defense Ministry talked about.
In an escalating dispute, Greece and Turkey beget led a couple of militia exercises within the placement in fresh weeks, with more to follow, after Turkey launched a gaze mission in waters where Athens asserts jurisdiction.
Ankara argues that Greek islands shouldn’t be integrated in calculating maritime areas where oil-and-gasoline can even be exploited — a survey opposed by most Western allies.
France, Italy, and the UAE beget joined fresh militia exercises and training missions held by Greece and ally Cyprus, while the US has additionally held separate exercises with Greece.