Greece’s navy and air force will conduct military exercises starting Tuesday in the southern Mediterranean nearby a contested region where Turkey is prospecting for petroleum and gasoline, the government said, drawing an angry reaction from Turkey.
The Turkish authorities dispute Greece’s claim to exclusive rights from the seas where Turkey’s Oruc Reis research vessel is presently surveying. America and the European Union thus far have endorsed Greece from the dispute, but EU states remain divided over a petition from Greece to impose sanctions on Turkey. The tensions between the two NATO members across Mediterranean Sea rights have surrendered across Europe.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Greece of undermining navigational safety together with the exercises.
The statement is”a spoiled action which simplifies the aquatic and coastal safety of all ships in the area,” Erdogan said in a televised address. “As of today, Greece is going to be the only one accountable for any unfavorable development in the area.”
Turkey claims that the Oruc Reis is supposed to maintain working through Thursday. Greece has repeatedly demanded its withdrawal, delivered its warships to the region, and put its armed forces on alert.
Athens states the tensions resulted in a small wreck earlier this month involving a Greek frigate and a Turkish frigate, where nobody was hurt.
‘Turkey Won’t take the smallest step back’
Erdogan pledged Monday to not leave the hunt for energy from the eastern Mediterranean.
“Turkey won’t take the smallest step back regarding the operations of this Orus Reis nor (about ) that our (naval) fleet,” he explained. “On the contrary, Turkey will act with more certainty regarding the protection of its rights, and (obviously ) legislation in the area.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will attempt to revive talks directed toward de-escalating the tensions between both uneasy neighbors.
“From our perspective, direct conversation and measures from either side to deescalate the problem are required to discover a way to (decrease ) worries,” German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christofer Burger told reporters in Berlin.
“We’ve got a large concern that these anxieties… might have even more grave consequences.”
Germany, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, is one of the EU countries considered unwilling to impose sanctions on Turkey. EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean in a casual meeting in Berlin this past week.