Duvar English / Reuters

Talks between Turkish and Greek officials at NATO headquarters on how to avoid military escalation in the eastern Mediterranean have been postponed by two days to Sept. 10, Turkish Defense Ministry sources said on Tuesday.

The sources said the delay was requested by the alliance’s military committee.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sept. 3 that the two NATO members had agreed to talks to avoid accidents amid an escalating dispute over the extent of their continental shelves and rival claims to potential energy reserves in the Mediterranean.

The following day, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece would start talks with Turkey to resolve a dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean once Turkish “provocations” ceased.