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EU holds important talks about Greece-Turkey energy dispute

European Union foreign ministers held urgent talks on Friday about present military tensions between Greece and Turkey over drilling rights from the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said Turkey would push forward with its hunt for oil and gas in the disputed waters before August 23 as intended.

But after discussions with Germany, he signaled that Ankara and Berlin had consented to a”softening” of rankings then date.

There was not any sign as to if Athens was consulted, or consented, on the situation.

Erdogan cautioned, however, that Turkey would firmly react to some”harassment” of its vessels by Greece.

Turkey has a study boat followed closely by two warships prospecting between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete, while Greece set its naval vessels into the region.

Dendias stated he hoped to get a settlement but added that the query needed to be”put into the Turks.”

The State Department stated Pompeo and Dendias discussed”the urgent requirement to lessen tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose nation holds the rotating EU presidency, said before the discussions that”that the provocations” which are occurring in the eastern Mediterranean” can not last.”

“Nor can the Turkish infantry,” he explained. “We’re working toward an immediate conversation between the parties which would lead to finding an answer for this particular matter,” Maas added that there shouldn’t be any drilling through any discussions.

Even though the meeting wasn’t expected to create some conclusions, Athens is looking for financing from its partners at the 27-country bloc along with devotion for possible EU sanctions from the dispute with Turkey.

Thus far, only France has reacted, pledging to improve its military presence in the southern Mediterranean and sending just two warships into the place Thursday for joint exercises with all the Greek navy.

France also deployed two fighter airplanes to Crete.

Relations between historical regional competitions — and nominal NATO allies — Greece and Turkey have struck a greater than two-decade low after Turkey sent a seismic research ship, escorted by warships, to potential on Monday for possible overseas gas and oil in oceans Athens claims as its own.

Greece put its armed forces on high alert and sent warships into the place, south of Turkey between Crete and the island state of Cyprus, requiring the vessels’ withdrawal.

Turkey asserts it has every right to potential in the region.