ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and Greece have been established to hold independent naval drills in the identical region of the eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday, escalating tensions more than overlapping resource claims in advance of talks in Athens and Ankara by Germany’s best diplomat.
The NATO users have traded rhetorical barbs over offshore hydrocarbon rights, drawing the European Union and nearby international locations into the dispute that before this thirty day period concerned a mild collision between Turkish and Greek frigates.
German Overseas Minister Heiko Maas aims to cool temperatures in independent talks with his Greek and Turkish counterparts on Tuesday. A ministry spokesman reported Germany regrets Turkey’s conclusion to prolong its exploration perform at sea.
Tensions rose right after Turkey deployed its Oruc Reis study vessel to waters Ankara claims in a transfer Athens identified as unlawful.
On Sunday, Turkey issued an advisory acknowledged as a Navtex to increase the vessel’s operations until eventually Aug. 27. Greece then issued its individual advisory that it will hold army physical exercises in the very same region, off the Greek island of Crete.
In reaction, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Greece of “sowing chaos” and warned it would be still left by itself in opposition to Turkey’s navy. One more Navtex reported Turkey will maintain army exercise routines in the exact location off Crete.
A senior Turkish defence ministry formal informed Reuters the Greek Navtex was issued without coordination and threatened to “place at danger all sailors in the area”.
Federal government spokesman Stelios Petsas has mentioned Greece is “responding calmly and with readiness equally on a diplomatic and on an operational level”, and will protect its sovereign legal rights.
Germany intervened in the row last month, prompting Ankara to pause operations for talks with Athens. Just after Greece and Egypt agreed a maritime demarcation deal, on the other hand, Turkey resumed.
Greece has frequently named for EU sanctions on Turkey for its actions, even though Turkey has urged the EU to stop “pampering” Greece and force dialogue.
On Tuesday, the Oruc Reis was found concerning Cyprus and Crete, according to Eikon info.