THESSALONIKI, Greece — Greece’s prime minister welcomed the yield of a Turkish survey ship to vent Sunday from a contested area of the eastern Mediterranean which was in the core of a summertime stand-off involving Greece and Turkey over energy rights. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated he was prepared to attempt and restart long-stalled talks about the volatile dispute over possible gas and oil reserves, suggesting the two countries might be inching toward discussions following weeks of increasingly bellicose rhetoric along with anxieties of armed conflict in the area. Turkey’s Oruc Reis research boat returned to close to the southern port of Antalya for the very first time in over a month after Turkey announced in July that it was dispatching a boat to operate in oceans where Greece claims authority.
“When we see signs of de-escalation in the clinic… I’m the first to take a seat at the bargaining table”
The installation of this research vessel triggered a military build-up in the southern Mediterranean. Nominal NATO allies Turkey and Greece both discharged warships into the region in which the Oruc Reis was participated in the seismic study and conducted military exercises to maintain their claims.
“In regions where there’s not any maritime delimitation, there may be no unilateral action, which has exactly what Turkey has been performing lately,” Mitsotakis said.
NATO intervened, coordinating talks involving both nations’ militaries to protect against a possible battle. Turkey had come under increasing international pressure to take the survey boat, together with the danger of European Union sanctions looming.
Turkey contested Greece’s claim to this region of the sea and had stated that it was protecting its legitimate rights. The Turkish survey ship returned to Antalya following its Navtex, or global marine security advisory, for its seas between Turkey, Cyprus, and the Greek island of Crete wasn’t renewed.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Sunday that Turkey supports conversation and peace” in case our wishes and requirements are fulfilled”
Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou was seeing the Greek island of Kastellorizo, situated right across the Mediterranean from Kas, in Precisely the Same time.
Mitsotakis stated delivery of the Rafale fighters could begin in mid-2021.
Greece also intends to purchase four navy tanks and four brand new frigates, and also to include 15,000 professional army employees to its armed forces by 2025, according to the new defense program.
Both Greece and Turkey have suffered significant financial consequences from the outbreak, together with tourism, building, and manufacturing hard struck. —-Bilginsoy reported by Istanbul and Gatopoulos reported by Athens.