Turkey and Greece hold talks on Mediterranean gas row
15 April 2021 | 2:03 pm
After coming to the precipice of an open military conflict last year, the two Mediterranean neighbors will hold talks on Thursday. Officials will discuss access to natural gas reserves.
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