Turkey blocks NATO ships from entering its territorial waters
16:15, 2 March, 2016
YEREVAN, MARCH 2, ARMENPRESS. Turkey blocked NATO ships from patrolling its territorial waters in Aegean sea in order to intercept people-smuggler boats carrying refugees to the Greek islands, from where the refugees take different directions, “Armenpress” reports citing “France Presse”.
A number of diplomatic sources in Brussels have confirmed the information for the agency.
It has been previously agreed that NATO warships would be patrolling Aegean waters between Greece and Turkey in an effort to deter human traffickers from carrying refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece on their way to northern Europe.
NATO warships located in the Aegean under German command are to monitor the movements of smugglers. However, according to an AFP report citing diplomatic sources from Brussels, Ankara said “no” to the demands of the German command of the NATO naval mission. This claim was confirmed by a second diplomat.