There has been a collision between a Turkish Oil Exploration Vessel and the Greek Navy Frigate LIMNOS (F-451) in the waters of the Aegean Sea. The Turk vessel slammed into the Greek vessel when the Greeks moved to block the Turks from entering Greek waters.
The Turkish Drilling Ship YAVUZ, shown below is reported to have suffered serious damage, including possibly a broken drive shaft, during the collision.
Turk President Recypt Erdogan has said "We will not be imprisoned by Greek Islands." He has convened an emergency meeting of his National Security staff.
Turkey wants to engage in oil and gas drilling in parts of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Greece claims certain areas as their territory because Greece has populated islands in those areas, and refuses to allow the Turks to drill.
Turkey says it has competing claims to the same waters and sent the Turkish navy to escort drilling ships into those waters.
The Greeks sent naval vessels to keep them out.
The next 24 hours will be crucial as to whether there is a vertical escalation between Turkey and Greece in this very tense, and ongoing situation. This is a tinderbox ready to explode into open, kinetic war.
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