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Greece and Turkey agree to improve ties after NATO summit

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The leaders of Greece and Turkey, who have been at odds over various issues for decades, met on Wednesday at a NATO summit in Lithuania and agreed to resume talks and confidence-building measures.

They also agreed to hold the next meeting of a High-Level Cooperation Council in Thessaloniki in the autumn.

Turkey and Greece have been engaged in a tense standoff over oil and gas exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean, where both countries claim overlapping maritime zones. The dispute has escalated in recent months, leading to rival military exercises, diplomatic rows, and fears of a wider conflict.

The crisis was triggered in July, when Turkey announced that it was sending its Oruc Reis research ship to conduct a seismic survey in waters near the Greek island of Kastellorizo, which lies close to the Turkish coast. Greece denounced the move as a violation of its sovereign rights and sent its own naval vessels to shadow the Turkish ship.

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