The Greek Coast Guard has fired warning shots at a vessel that was suspiciously moving within Greek territorial waters off the Greek island of Lesvos. The captain of the ship "Anatolian" had previously refused to be checked. The ship then sailed into nearby Turkish waters, the Greek Coast Guard headquarters in Piraeus said on Sunday morning. The Turkish Coast Guard was informed of the incident, which occurred around noon on Saturday, the Greek Coast Guard said.
The region is teeming with ships that bring illegal migrants from Turkey to Greece or Italy and thus to the EU. The Greek Coast Guard controls almost every ship that is suspiciously moving in the Aegean Sea. The relationship between the two NATO members Greece and Turkey is at a low point due to a series of disputes over sovereign rights.
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