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    NATO Launches Naval Drills With Turkey in Aegean Anti-Mine Focus

    NATO Launches Naval Drills With Turkey in Aegean Anti-Mine Focus

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    An annual multinational exercise organized by the Turkish Navy in the Aegean Sea has begun and will continue through December 4, the NATO military alliance announced in a press release on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — German, Turkish and Greek ships have been sent to join the exercises in a region that faces increased security challenges, the release added.

    "NATO navies began a counter-mine warfare exercise in the Aegean Sea on 28 November 2016, aimed at testing combat readiness and strengthening ties between allies and partners," the release stated.

    "NATO’s participation in the NUSRET exercise demonstrates the allies’ strong commitment to Turkey’s security, and contributes to increased stability," NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu noted in the release.

    Last week, Turkish President Recep tayyip Erdogan stressed during the 62nd Parliamentary NATO sessions in Istanbul that Turkey has played an essential role in the alliance since the Cold War, providing political and military support for the organization.

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    • cast235
      Of course. TURKEY is Russia's enemy.
      ENEMY. Hopefully they understand.
    • marcanhalt
      NATO is like the Welcome Wagon that shows up at your door, unannounced, when you move in, passing out worthless key chains, insurance refrigerator magnets, discounts on this and that through the BBB, saying "How glad we are to have you in our neighborhood", and "Looking forward to your circulating your money with us", but never given you that peace of mind that this bimbo in front of you has any clue of having a clue. "And, oh, by the way, would you like to contribute to my pay in being here? Hmm?"
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