Turkey wants to resolve a dispute with Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean through dialogue, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday, but added that Ankara would defend its “rights and interests” in the region.
Turkey has accused Greece of oppressing the members of its Muslim community in western Thrace, while slamming the European Union for allegedly tolerating the “systematic violation of human rights” in the country.
Bilateral relations between Greece and Israel and Turkey’s illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean were at the center of talks between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Israel’s ambassador in Athens, Yossi Amrani, the former said in a tweet Wednesday.
Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which is an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, has accused Greece of displaying an “hostile behavior” amid tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The government on Tuesday announced a relief package for the island of Evia, which suffered extensive damage during powerful rainstorms and floods last Sunday which cost the lives of eight people.
A man was killed after being run over several times near Thessaloniki in northern Greece.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting Friday afternoon.
Turkey plans to lay two cables, totaling 1,750 km in length, for seismic research for energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea by August 23, the country’s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez tweeted on Wednesday.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Vienna on Friday, Kathimerini understands.
Greece has pushed back by a month a deadline for investors to bid for a contract to run an underground gas storage facility in the northern Aegean Sea.