Athens believes that it has exclusive rights to operate in those areas of the Mediterranean where Turkey is trying to conduct trial drilling in search of new oil and gas fields.
Greece welcomed Turkey's decision to suspend exploration activities in the area of the Greek Islands in the Mediterranean sea, which has recently led to a sharp deterioration in relations between the two countries. As stated on Tuesday, July 28, in circles close to the Greek Defense Ministry, most Turkish military vessels left the region South of the island of Crete. The Greek Navy also withdrew part of its fleet to bases.
The mediation of German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel helped to defuse tensions in the region, DPA news agency reports. Last week, the head of the German government held talks with both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
There is no long-term solution to the conflict
However, experts note that a long-term solution to the conflict has not yet been achieved. Athens believes that it has exclusive rights to operate in those areas of the Mediterranean where Turkey is trying to conduct trial drilling in search of new oil and gas fields. Ankara, in turn, refers to the terms of the agreement concluded with the UN-recognized government of national accord of Libya.
In mid-July, the Greek Foreign Minister called on EU partners to prepare economic sanctions against Turkey if it does not stop geological exploration in the economic zone of Greece. Ankara calls on Athens to resolve disputed issues in bilateral dialogue, without using the EU as a tool of pressure.