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Greece faces rising tension with Turkey

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim on Tuesday evening amid rising tension in the Aegean.

Tsipras reportedly told Yildirim that incidents such as the one on Monday night, when a Turkish coast guard boat rammed a Greek patrol vessel, undermine Turkey’s relations with Greece and the European Union and contravene international law.

Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it accused the Greek government of misinforming the public about Monday’s incident, which he called un-intentional, and claimed that the Imia islets belong to Turkey.

The U.S. State Department encouraged Greece and Turkey on Tuesday to “de-escalate” the tensions in the Aegean.

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