The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim addressed to Greece with a call to prevent the escalation of the conflict around the disputed Islands in the Aegean sea. He noted that reducing tension will have a positive impact on bilateral relations.
13 February in the waters of the Aegean sea, the Turkish border guards boat collided with the boat of the Greek coast guard. The incident occurred near the island of IMIA, which they consider as their. The Turks insisted that it is its territory, calling the island of Kardak.
After the incident, Greece filed a formal complaint. Turkey stated that its border guards not guilty of the collision of ships.
The so-called «Aegean issue», the conflict over sovereignty over a group of uninhabited Islands in the Eastern Aegean sea, leads to constant friction between Turkey and Greece. Member States of the NATO bloc, twice been on the brink of war.