Supporters of the Greek ultranationalist party Golden Dawn commemorate the death of three officers who crashed at sea in 1996.
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Turkey is once again facing off against historic foe-turned-ally Greece in one of their fiercest rows in years, though the war of words is unlikely to spill over into military confrontation. With some two months before Turks vote on a critical referendum to enhance presidential powers, this renewed dispute is fueling nationalistic sentiment inside Turkey.The eight fled to Greece by military helicopter on the night of the putsch, which Turkey says was masterminded by the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos later flew over the islets in a helicopter, throwing a wreath into the water to commemorate three Greek soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in the 1996 dispute.Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias blamed the tensions on Turkish domestic politics.Greece and Turkey joined NATO simultaneously in 1952 as postwar Europe and the United States worked to ensure they never again went to war.Those tensions were set aside with the so-called earthquake diplomacy of 1999 – where Greece responded quickly to a devastating earthquake in Turkey.
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