Mar 27 2018

Greece considering seeking compensation for rammed coast guard ship

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has submitted a written answer to his country’s parliament saying that his ministry is considering seeking compensation from Turkey after a coast guard vessel was rammed by a Turkish ship near the Kardak/Imia islets in the Aegean sea, Greek newspaper Kathimerini said.

The Turkish patrol boat was caught on camera ramming the ship as it came close to the disputed uninhabited islets on Feb. 12.

Kotzias said the Greek Foreign Ministry was doing all it could to protect Greece’s national interests.

The pair of uninhabited islets, with a total surface area of four hectares, have been subject to a territorial dispute between Turkey and Greece that led to a naval accident in 1995. A year later, in February 1996, the two NATO countries almost came to blows over the islets after three Greek military officers were killed when their helicopter crashed there during a patrol.