Turkey will not make any concessions over its claims in the eastern Mediterranean, said a statement issued following the country's National Security Council (MGK) meeting. “It has been once again emphasized that Turkey will not make a concession with regards to its rights and interests on land, sea or in the air, as has been the case up until today,” the statement read.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Sept. 23 spoke on the phone about the eastern Mediterranean crisis. Erdoğan told Stoltenberg that the course of exploratory talks with Greece “will depend on the sincere steps" to be taken by the Greek government, according to a statement released by Turkish Presidency.
Turkey expects a prudent and constructive approach from France as de-escalation of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean continues, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 22 in a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
The special European Council meeting that was planned for Sept. 24-25 to discuss Turkey's drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean, has been postponed to Oct. 1-2 after Council President Charles Michel went into isolation.
Turkey's seismic research vessel Oruç Reis left the port of Antalya early on Sept. 22, a week after it returned to shore for what Ankara called “routine maintenance,” according to Turkish media outlets.
French President Emmanuel Macron has posted a tweet in Turkish, saying that the EU has sent a clear message to Turkey on the eastern Mediterranean. "In Ajaccio, we sent a clear message to Turkey: let's reopen a responsible dialogue, in good faith, without naivety. This call is now also that of the European Parliament," Macron said in his tweet.
Turkey on Sept. 18 issued a new Navtex to extend the seismic research vessel Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa's activities off southeastern Cyprus until Oct. 18. The announcement came three days after Turkey extended the operations of its Yavuz drill ship off Cyprus until Oct. 12, in a move that Cyprus described as provocative.
Members of the European Parliament on Sept. 17 adopted a resolution calling on Turkey to "immediately end any further illegal exploration and drilling activities" in the Eastern Mediterranean. The resolution also urges sanctions against Turkey over its energy research in the region, unless the country shows "sincere cooperation and concrete progress" in easing tensions with Greece and Cyprus. The Turkish Foreign Ministry slammed the resolution, saying that it was a "biased decision."
Members of the European Parliament have called on Turkey to "end any further illegal exploration and drilling activities" in the eastern Mediterranean in a press release issued on Sept. 17. MEPs said that Turkey should "refrain from violating Greek airspace and Greek and Cypriot territorial waters and stop nationalistic warmongering rhetoric."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sept 16 that the Eastern Mediterranean crisis could be resolved through negotiations as long as European states adopt a "constructive approach, based on fairness."
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said that the European Union’s relationship with Turkey is at a turning point, urging the Turkish government to back down from conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and uphold basic human rights in the country. Ties “are at a watershed moment in history, which will go to one side or the other, depending on what happens in the next days,” Borrell told the European Parliament on Sept. 15.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has said that Greece needs dialogue with Turkey with regards to the Eastern Mediterranean crisis, but not "when held at gunpoint." "What threatens the security and stability of my country threatens the well-being and safety of all European Union member states," he said.
A few pieces were noted missing in Mediterranean Antalya's Archaeology and History Museum, prompting an investigation, daily Hürriyet reported. Awarded "European Council's Museum of the Year" in 1988, the 30,000 square-meter space houses 14 galleries, gardens and an open-air display.
The meeting between Turkish and Greek military delegations at NATO headquarters has been delayed for two days until Sept. 10, Turkish Defense Ministry sources said. The sources said the delay was requested by the alliance's military committee.
Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo has said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have replaced former Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi in the war-torn country. Bartolo said that if the ongoing eastern Mediterranean crisis is not solved with “careful moves,” “unforeseen consequences” might arise, just like in Libya.