ATHENS, Greece — Greece and Turkey are close to beating discussions on longstanding maritime disputes after a tense standoff on rights to exploit possible offshore all-natural gas deposits from the eastern Mediterranean, a Greek official said Monday.
“There’ll be an announcement when this can be finalized however, the atmosphere is great.”
Petsas also supported local media reports that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is anticipated to see Greece get an interview with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to explore the crisis, however, stated the program is still being exercised.
Both neighboring NATO members have been at odds for decades over marine boundaries for industrial exploitation from the Aegean Sea, in addition to within a place of the eastern Mediterranean between Turkey’s southern shore, many Greek islands, and the war-divided island of Cyprus.
Under international pressure, Turkey pulled a research vessel in the region while both nations also have eased their naval presence and stopped military exercises.
Greek-Turkish talks on marine borders were held in 2016. In the last few decades, the dispute was fueled by soured relations between the EU and Turkey and the discoveries of high all-natural gas fields in different areas of the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey asserts that Greek islands close to its shoreline ought to be excluded in the calculation of marine boundaries that far transcend the limits of territorial waters.
Athens calls for the Turkish place a breach of global law, however, says it’s prepared to settle the dispute for a global court.
Back in Turkey,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar explained his nation backs talk with Greece however wouldn’t shy away from protecting its rights.
“We’re for peace, stability, dialogue, and negotiation. We encourage them, but we wouldn’t permit some fait accompli,” Akar stated in a video conference with Turkish army commanders.
The minister said Greek and Turkish groups could hold the fifth round of discussions in the NATO headquarters on Tuesday aimed at preventing injuries or armed struggle between the two allies.
Separately, Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation into a Greek right-wing paper, Dimokratia, within a front-page headline a week which utilized an obscene expression from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The investigation, triggered by an official criticism by Erdogan’s attorneys Monday, could result in a court case from Turkey from the paper’s journalists.
Thousands of individuals are detained for insulting the president, and it will be a crime in Turkey.