Turkish Defense Ministry Vigilantly Monitors US Plans for Potential Aegean Island Military Base
The Turkish Defense Ministry closely monitors recent US moves towards establishing a potential military base on the Aegean islands, following an article introduced by the US House of Representatives in the 2024 defense budget draft.
Turkish Defense Ministry Keeps Close Eye on US Efforts for Aegean Island Military Base
Turkish defense authorities are closely watching recent US moves to establish a potential military base on the Aegean islands, according to sources via the Turkish Defense Ministry. The Turkish Defense Ministry is closely monitoring recent US moves to potentially establish a military base on the Aegean islands, in light of an article introduced by the US House of Representatives in the 2024 defense budget draft. It seeks to explore the possibility of setting up new American bases, with a focus on Greece’s Aegean islands.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, the Turkish Defense Ministry is closely monitoring the early-stage idea, which hasn’t yet reached a final decision or been included in the annual military budget. Turkey maintains a vigilant stance, consistent with its practice of observing defense and security advancements both within its borders and across neighboring regions, regarding these developments.
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The US’s move aligns with efforts to improve relations between Turkey and Greece through confidence-building meetings. Despite the potential US military base in the Aegean islands, both the US and Turkish Defense Ministry seem committed to maintaining positive dialogue and cooperation.
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The Turkish Defense Ministry is closely following the inclusion of the proposal for new US bases in Greece, presented by New York Representative Grace Meng, within the framework of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This follows the 2021 defense cooperation agreement giving US forces access to five extra military bases in Greece. As highlighted by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Greek media features headlines such as “American Landing on the Islands” and “House of Representatives Suggests New Aegean Base,” while international stakeholders maintain a close watch on the unfolding situation.