According to reports, the Turkish warships have returned to the base. The Greek military is evaluating Turkeys latest move, but remains highly vigilant. In addition, the Turkish Embassy in the U.S. has deleted an earlier tweet announcing that Turkish exploration ships have started energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.
Diacopoulos, national security adviser to the prime ministers office of Greece, said in an interview on the 24th local time that the tension was easing and had ruled out the possibility of conflict in the relevant sea areas. He said political pressure on Turkey from Germany and other countries was escalating. Diacopoulos also confirmed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had effectively intervened.
Earlier, German media reported that Greek and Turkish naval vessels and fighter planes were on standby, and Merkels last-minute intervention prevented the outbreak of military conflict between Greece and Turkey.
According to the report, at least 18 Turkish naval vessels are ready to set sail to accompany the exploration ship oluqi Laiz to the south of Castro Rizo island in Greece. But Turkey changed the plan after Merkel called Erdogan. The Greek defense general staff did not confirm the report.
On October 9, 2015 local time, the US Navy successfully conducted the sea test of the latest f-35c lightning II stealth fighter on the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Eisenhower.
On the other hand, the US Eisenhower aircraft carrier has been conducting joint military exercises with the Greek air force in the waters south of Crete since the 25th and is escorted by 12 ships. The exercise included four F-16 fighters taking off from the airfield of the soda Bay military base in Crete, and four F-18 fighters taking off from American aircraft carriers.
Some analysts say that this is the first time that the United States has taken symbolic intervention in the eastern Mediterranean after Turkey announced that energy exploration has caused tension in the region. (Liang Manyu)