Greece-Egypt maritime deal
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu sent letters to EU foreign ministers saying that Turkey-EU relations should not suffer further due to "whims and fantasies of Greece and Greek Cypriots. EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean during an extraordinary videoconference today at Greece's request.
Greek experts and politicians critical of the government have said that Athens has made a mistake with regards to the timing of the maritime deal that it struck with Egypt last week. They also accused Mitsotakis government of pursuing a “maximalist” and “very strict policy” in the Aegean and East Mediterranean.
Turkey wants to resolve its dispute with Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean through dialogue, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Aug. 12, while vowing to defend Turkey's coastal interests. "We want to reach political solutions through peaceful means in line with international laws," Akar said.
Greece and Egypt signed an agreement on Aug. 6 that sets the sea boundary between the two countries and demarcates an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights. The agreement is a response to a similar deal between Turkey and the internationally recognized government of Libya last year. Turkey said that it considers the agreement null and void, adding that the deal also violated Libya's maritime rights.