Yunanistan, Türkiye’nin Doğu Akdeniz’de petrol ve gaz araması yaptığı bölgelerde Hava Kuvvetleri ve Donanma tatbikatı yapacağını belirtti. Bahsi geçen tatbikatın Salı ve Perşembe günleri arası Girit Adası’nın güney doğusunda yapılacağı açıklandı. Alman Dışişleri Bakanı Heiko Maas’ın Salı günü Atina ve Ankara’da yetkililer ile görüşeceği belirtildi.
By Associated Press
Greece said on Monday that it will conduct a navy and air force exercise in an area of the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas in an area as the neighboring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights.
Authorities said that the live-fire exercises would start Tuesday southeast of the Greek island of Crete and end Thursday.
Turkey has a research ship escorted by warships surveying for oil and gas exploration in the area and said Sunday that the work would continue through August 27.
The Turkish government disputes Greece’s claim to exclusive rights in the waters where the research vessel is working, arguing that islands should not be included in calculating sea boundaries between countries.
The United States and the European Union so far have backed Greece in the dispute.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is due in Athens and Ankara on Tuesday to try and revive deescalation talks between senior Greek and Turkish officials, an initiative started in July but broken off by Turkey several weeks later.