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World Pompeo backs Greece over Turkey amid dispute over energy-rich Mediterranean

16:11  28 september  2020
16:11  28 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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In an inauspicious move a Turkish drone flew over the isle of Kastellorizo at the weekend blaring the Turkish national anthem and dumping red paint on a Greek flag carved into it rock face. Dispute over exploration of energy reserves in eastern Mediterranean escalates. Published: 13 Aug 2020.

Dispute over exploration of energy reserves in eastern Mediterranean escalates. Greece has placed its military forces on high alert, recalling its naval and air force officers from leave, as tensions with Turkey over exploration of potentially lucrative offshore energy reserves escalate in the eastern

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed Greece amid tensions with Turkey over control of energy-rich Mediterranean waters, touting security cooperation with Athens in a statement freighted with implicit rebukes of Ankara.

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“The United States and Greece shared views on the Eastern Mediterranean and reaffirmed their belief that maritime delimitation issues should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law,” the two governments said in a joint statement following Pompeo’s meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. “The United States and Greece also reiterated their dedication to enhancing their close cooperation as NATO Allies, using all appropriate means at their disposal, to safeguard stability and security in the wider region.”

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Turkey says it has a legitimate claim over the area. There is no agreement between Greece and Turkey delimiting their continental shelves, while Turkey disputes any claims by Cyprus The east Mediterranean island was split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek -inspired coup.

Turkey accuses Greece of snatching an unfair share of maritime resources while both Greece and Cyprus have accused Turkey of breaching their sovereignty by drilling in the waters. Simulated dogfights between Greek and Turkish fighter pilots have multiplied over the Aegean Sea and the

That statement, with its emphasis on the peaceful resolution of disputes, is an unmistakable repudiation of Turkey’s deployment of warships and a research vessel in disputed waterways of the Eastern Mediterranean. The standoff has eased somewhat in light of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to withdraw the ships, but that may only be a temporary relief for a crisis that already has seen a “mini collision” between Greek and Turkish ships.

“The ship will be back once it is refueled and maintenance is completed,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday.

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over maritime zones, amid disputes over energy exploration in the Mediterranean . Athens and Ankara are at loggerheads over maritime jurisdiction and energy exploration rights in “exploratory” talks that were suspended in 2016, but Turkey ended contact and sent Oruc Reis into disputed waters.

The two NATO allies have come to blows over energy resources in the disputed Mediterranean Sea and are Why have Turkey and Greece come to blows? The Turkish government disputes Greece ’s claim “ Turkey will not take the slightest step back concerning the operations of the Orus Reis nor

European powers plan to impose economic sanctions on Turkey if Erdogan “brings the ships out again,” according to a senior European diplomat. “The sectoral ones are now on the table, but they will not be implemented as long as Turkey behaves,” the envoy said.

a man in a suit and tie: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left and Greek Minister for Development and Investment Adonis Georgiadis touch elbows during a signing agreement ceremony in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Tension in the eastern Mediterranean is to feature prominently during Pompeo's two-day stay in Greece, which will include a visit to the Souda Bay naval base on the southern island of Crete Tuesday. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, Pool) Giannis Papanikos/AP © Provided by Washington Examiner U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left and Greek Minister for Development and Investment Adonis Georgiadis touch elbows during a signing agreement ceremony in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Tension in the eastern Mediterranean is to feature prominently during Pompeo's two-day stay in Greece, which will include a visit to the Souda Bay naval base on the southern island of Crete Tuesday. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, Pool) Giannis Papanikos/AP

Still, as Erdogan seemed to acquiesce in one theater, violence erupted Sunday in disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan — a pair of former Soviet satellites with close ties, respectively, to Greece and Turkey.

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  Turkey Holds Navy Drill Amid Push for Mediterranean Cooperation Turkey held a naval exercise near Greek waters on Tuesday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushed Athens for cooperation ahead of European Union talks over Ankara’s energy exploration in the contested eastern Mediterranean. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Turkey and Greece last week agreed to resume talks aimed at resolving disputes over maritime boundaries after a tense naval standoff over the summer brought the two NATO members close to the brink of conflict.

The EU has no jurisdiction over maritime boundaries and should remain unbiased in Turkey ’s dispute with Greece in the Mediterranean , Turkish Foreign Minister Ankara and Athens have competing claims to continental shelves in the east Mediterranean , believed to be rich in energy resources.

Turkey ’s research vessel deployment accompanied by warships in the eastern Mediterranean ignited tensions with Greece . Relations between NATO members Greece and Turkey , always tense, have further deteriorated this year over long-standing disputes , including maritime boundaries and energy

“Azerbaijan will surely use its right of self-defense to protect its people and its territorial integrity,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Sunday. “In this vein, Turkey fully supports Azerbaijan with unwavering solidarity. We will stand by Azerbaijan whichever way it prefers.”

Pompeo’s team, by contrast, warned against foreign intervention in the crisis. “The United States believes participation in the escalating violence by external parties would be deeply unhelpful and only exacerbate regional tensions,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Sunday.

Pompeo skipped Turkey in his tour of the region while making two stops in Greece this week, which marks his second visit to the country in the last year. Diplomatic observers regard that itinerary as a sign that U.S. patience with Erdogan is wearing thin, despite his previous friendliness with President Trump.

“Pompeo doesn’t freelance,” an Arab official said. “That’s a pretty calibrated strategy ... he doesn’t just go off and do things on his own.”

Erdogan’s maneuvering in the Eastern Mediterranean has raised the specter of a historic clash between NATO allies, just as Trump enters the home stretch of a difficult reelection bid. The timing of Pompeo’s trip prompted the senior European diplomat to surmise that Trump wanted to avoid “an incident before the election.”

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  Greece partners with US to gain air superiority over Turkey Souda Bay – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis touted a plan to upgrade the Aegean nation’s fleet of American-made F-16 fighter jets amid a series of standoffs with historic rival and fellow NATO alliance member Turkey. © Provided by Washington Examiner “It is a very sensitive area that has been recently tried by Turkey's aggressiveness with provocative actions,” Mitsotakis said Tuesday after a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “The Greek response to provocative actions is always a defense of our international rights ... It is a policy that is, in fact, welcomed by all our neighbors and allies.

A dispute with Greece over control of Eastern Mediterranean waters escalated after Turkey began oil and gas exploration last month. Erdogan said that he was prepared to discuss conflicting claims in the Mediterranean with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Greece accused Turkey of not willing to engage in dialogue as well, urging it to “desist from its daily rants” and “work for security and stability” in the region “ Turkey continues to faithfully fulfill the role of troublemaker and destabilizing factor in the region,” Greece ’s Foreign Ministry said, threatening

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Original Author: Joel Gehrke

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