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US News Macron strengthens France's presence in the eastern Mediterranean

08:50  13 august  2020
08:50  13 august  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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France will “temporarily strengthen ” its military presence in Eastern Mediterranean “ in the coming days,” in cooperation with its EU partners, including Greece, Macron said Wednesday after a phone call with the Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The French president said Turkish efforts must stop in order to

France will increase its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean , President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday, calling on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration in disputed waters that France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. Audience ratings certified by ACPM/OJD.

The dispute over Turkish natural gas drilling off the Greek island of Kastelorizo ​​has been escalating in the Mediterranean for days. France now wants to send the military to "better assess the situation".

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In view of the dispute over natural gas fields, France's President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will temporarily strengthen the French military presence in the eastern Mediterranean. Macron expressed on Wednesday in a telephone conversation with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis , his concern about the tension there, as the Elysée Palace announced. These would be caused by the unilateral decisions by Turkey on oil production and would have to be ended.

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France will increase its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean , French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday. Macron asked Turkey to cease oil and gas exploration in contested waters that has spurred tensions with Greece. A statement by Macron ' s office said that

PARIS (Reuters) - France will increase its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean , President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday, calling on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration in disputed waters that has heightened tensions with Greece. The French leader voiced concern over “unilateral”

In order to be able to better assess the situation in the region and to demonstrate determination to ensure compliance with international law, the military presence would be temporarily increased in the coming days, according to the President's Office. This is done in cooperation with the European partners, including Greece .

Mitsotakis had previously indicated that he was ready to negotiate with Turkey. However, this could not take place under the influence of Ankara's recent threats. "We are ready to talk to all of our neighbors," Mitsotakis said on state television. For the third day in a row, the Turkish research vessel "Oruc Reis" continued its research for natural gas in the Mediterranean south of the Greek island of Megisti (Kastelorizo) on Wednesday. Turkish warships protect it.

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France , the state with Europe’ s largest and NATO’ s second most powerful armed forces, has a constant naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean and has of late shown increasing interest in Cyprus. In Nicosia in January, Macron stated the importance of Cyprus as a port for the naval task

“Cyprus can confirm France ’ s support for it, and Turkey’s breach of the sovereignty of Cyprus, as well as Greece, is condemned, and anyone who violates the eastern Macron said that “Russia and Turkey are interfering for their interests in the eastern Mediterranean region, while Europe does little

Greek warships sent a radio call every 15 minutes to the captain of the "Oruc Reis" to leave the region immediately. However, the calls went unanswered, as it was said in the morning from circles of the Ministry of Defense in Athens.

The search for Turkey is illegal from Athens' point of view because the region belongs to the so-called Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the EU country. The EU has condemned the Turkish actions and asked Ankara to stop them. There was also criticism from Berlin. According to the Turkish interpretation, islands like Crete or Megisti have territorial waters, but no exclusive economic zone.

Only recently had France clashed with the Turkey on the Mediterranean: The French frigate "Courbet" wanted to inspect a suspicious ship as part of the NATO mission "Sea Guardian", bypassing the UN embargo on weapons to smuggle into the civil war country Libya. According to the French, the Turkish frigate then captured the "Courbet" on June 10th with its fire control radar - which is usually the preliminary stage for an attack. The Turkish government denies this.

After the confrontation with the three Turkish escort ships, the "Courbet" turned away. France then suspended its participation in the "Sea Guardian"

and demanded a formal investigation by NATO. The report on the incident has now been completed and will soon be discussed in the NATO Military Committee. The content of the report has not yet been discussed known because, according to the information provided by

Nato

, it is subject to confidentiality

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