Eastern Mediterranean

Greece Has A Legal Right To Not Demilitarize Aegean Islands Despite Turkey’s Insistence

The tensions between Greece and Turkey that became a geopolitical crisis in the East Mediterranean appears to be finally subsiding after Ankara withdrew from Greece’s maritime space the Oruç Reis Turkish research vessel and the warships escorting it. Since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initiated the crisis at the beginning of August in search of …

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Gas fields and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean – EURACTIV.com

The discovery in recent years of huge natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has whetted the appetite of nearby countries but exacerbated geopolitical tensions between Turkey and its neighbours. Relations have been strained in recent months following Turkish exploration and drilling operations in waters claimed by both Cyprus and Greece. Here is the latest …

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Can Russia benefit from Turkey-Greece spat? – Al Monitor

In mid-September, reports began to appear in Greek media suggesting the government is holding negotiations with Moscow regarding the upgrade of the Russian-made S-300PMU-1 into the S-300PMU-2 Favorit version. These days, the Greek press also writes that Athens may be ready to hold its first exercises in 15 years with the S-300s on the island of Crete. Even though the officials have not yet confirmed those rumors, the fact that those reports came out just as the dispute with Turkey was getting hotter implies that the leak might have come from the officials seeking to send a signal to Ankara. 

Egypt eyes more economic benefits after signing maritime demarcation deal with Greece – Al Monitor

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree to ratify the historic agreement signed with Greece on the demarcation of maritime borders, which could help further boost Egypt’s ambition to become a major regional energy hub. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued Oct. 10 a presidential decree to ratify the historic agreement signed with …

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Five Countries Blocked EU Sanctions Against Turkey – Greek City Times

Turkey’s continuing provocation in the Eastern Mediterranean was not to be discussed at this Summit and the issue was reopened due to the insistence of the Greek Prime Minister and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis. Finally, the European Council’s “strong disapproval” of the new unilateral and provocative actions of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, including recent research activities, was included in the Conclusions. There is also an explicit reference to the need for Turkey to respect Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789 on Varosha in occupied northern Cyprus. The European Council called on Turkey to reverse these actions and work to reduce tensions in a consistent and systematic manner, and warned that it would continue to monitor the issue closely.

Hatzidakis: If Turkey Has Decided To Open The Insane Asylum’s Doors, We Will Not Enter – Greek City Times

Greece seeks peace but will defend its rights against the provocation’s made by Turkey said Greek Minister of Environment and Energy, Kostis Hatzidakis, who also added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is “unpredictable.” Hatzidakis also sent a message of determination, emphasizing in an interview that “if Turkey has decided to open the door of …

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The Blessing of Saint Sophia in the Eastern Mediterranean – Asharq Al-Awsat

Turkey does not recognize the EEZ of Greece. The disagreement dates back to the Treaty of Lausanne (1923), then the Treaty of Paris (1947), which returned to Greece the island of Kastellorizo and those of the Dodecanese. Ankara never accepted it. The possibility of an adaptation of international maritime law in view of the singular geographical configuration of the region does not appear totally illegitimate. For Turkey, this zone constitutes a red line that should not be crossed because the stakes are so crucial: transit of natural resources from Cypriot and Israeli waters, the gas pipeline project (EastMed) between Greece, Cyprus and Israel concluded in January 2020.