"Our commanders have defined our area of activity in close consultation and coordination with both Greece and Turkey," NATO said in Sunday's statement.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also on Sunday said: "We will do reconnaissance, we will do surveillance, we will collect information, and share this information in real time with the Turkish coast guard, the Greek coast guard and with Frontex, helping them with managing the migrant and refugee crisis, and also to cut the lines of the illegal trafficking and smugglers."
Stoltenberg made the remarks a day before a summit of EU and Turkish leaders in Brussels about the refugee crisis.The widened mission comes after defense ministers of the 28-nation alliance on Feb. 11 ordered the immediate deployment of the three vessels in NATO's Standing Maritime Group 2 to the Aegean Sea.
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