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Tensions grow between Greece including Turkey after exploratory drilling

Turkey declared a research vessel could be running exploratory drilling in a place between Cyprus and Greece, the most recent move in an ongoing territorial dispute between both nations.

Turkey issued a Navtex, or global marine security message, announcing its research container Oruc Reis and also two auxiliary vessels are running exploratory drilling from Monday 10 August before 23 August.

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez stated on Twitter the Oruc Reis had come at its region of performance from its anchorage off Turkey’s southern shore, stating”83 million ago the Oruc Reis,” referring to Turkey’s inhabitants.

The movement to start exploratory drilling comes amid anger about the Turkish side above a deal signed between Greece and Egypt on economic zones such as drilling rights and marine borders, which Turkey asserts is meant to keep it from the Eastern Mediterranean.

This past year, Turkey signed a similar agreement with all the UN-backed Libyan authorities in Tripoli, sparking outrage from Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt, who said it sheds on their economic rights from the Mediterranean. The European Union says it is a breach of global law that threatens stability in the area.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis talked on Monday afternoon with European Council President Charles Michel, telling him about the Greek-Egyptian arrangement and also the situation in the eastern Mediterranean, officials said. He had been scheduled to talk to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday afternoon.

Both sides were in discussions in Berlin and were on the brink of issuing a joint announcement, but the Greek-Egyptian deal contributed to Turkey stopping the discussions.

“When the arrangement with Egypt has been declared, we obtained a very clear instruction from our president’ You’re quitting the discussions. Inform the Germans along with the Greeks, we’re not pressing forward with the discussions,”’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, informed CNN-Turk television.

NATO allies and acquaintances Greece and Turkey have been at odds for decades within a vast array of problems, such as sea borders, and also have come to the brink of war three times because of the mid-1970s.

Recent discoveries of natural gas and drilling strategies around the east Mediterranean have contributed to a spike in anxiety.