BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, that his country has resumed exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean, noting that Greece has not complied with its commitments related to exploration for energy resources in the region.

After Friday prayers at the Hagia Sophia Mosque, Erdogan said: “We have started excavation work again … I don’t think we are obligated to talk to those who do not have rights in the areas of maritime powers.”

He added that a “seismic” survey ship had been sent to the region to carry out its duties.

The ship he referred to had moved to an area opposite the coast of Cyprus in late July and remained there.

Erdogan’s comments came in response to a question about the agreement signed by Egypt and Greece on Thursday to define the exclusive economic zone of both countries in the eastern Mediterranean.

In Greece, diplomats said that the agreement between Athens and Cairo effectively nullified an agreement reached last year between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, but Erdogan stressed that the Egyptian-Greek agreement is worthless and that Turkey will maintain its agreement with Libya “firmly.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that the area covered by the agreement between Greece and Egypt falls within the scope of the Turkish continental shelf.

Turkey and Greece, both members of NATO, have long been at odds over competing claims to sovereignty over oil and gas resources, and tension between the two countries has recently escalated again.

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Stern Daler
2020-08-08 22:06

Erdogan means to confiscate EU nations EEZ? Turkey did not have a fleet in 1923 when the Lausane peace was made. So the Greeks have the islands and the sea. Islands that have a population have an economic zone and a continental shelf. In cases of competition equidistant solution is the normal. Turkey can try to renegotiate or re-fight all the peace treaties since 1912. But Turkey will need Russian or American military and economic aid to fight for anything. As soon as the EU starts to take Erdogan’s threats serious and decide to act. Turkey doesn’t stand against two… Read more »

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Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-09 15:36
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Moreover, EU + Egypt can block Mediterranean access to US 6th fleet : both sides of the Gibraltar strait are Spanish, so you can’t cross w.o. entering Spanish national waters. Turkey has ZERO hopes of US support and Russian gas sales to the EU alone weight 36% of Russian exports, not speaking about oil, space-rockets, etc, add to this that all EU needs to stop importing Russian gas+oil is to lift the moratorium on fracking which was adopted on ecologists pressure, therefore, Russia has ZERO interest in backing Turkey against the EU especially with a GDP not even $250bn over… Read more »