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Greece and Turkey's tense rivalry swells over land and sea

Relations between Greece and Turkey have deteriorated markedly over a series of incidents in the Aegean Sea and on their land border just since March. Tensions are at their highest pitch since 1996, when the regional rivals nearly went to war over a pair of uninhabited islets. There are concerns that one false move could lead to a military confrontation, despite the two neighbors being members of NATO.

What is happening between Greece and Turkey?

Friction has increased since Turkey refused to release two Greek guards who strayed over the border – the Greeks say accidentally when they got lost in snowy weather – on March 2. They were arrested on suspicion of espionage.

After two exercises on land, sea, and air meant to test its

How bad is it?What are the two sides saying?How did we get here?What are the stakes?What can be done to ease the tensions?

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