Greece calls for EU meeting on tensions with Turkey
Athens, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Greece requested an extraordinary meeting of the European Union (EU), after Turkey's deployment of an oil exploration vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, a fact that fueled tensions between both countries.
According to Greek diplomatic sources, the request was preceded by a statement sent to Ankara requesting the end of exploration activities in the area, as well as by contacts with other countries in the area affected by said action, considered illegal by Athens.
Representatives of Cyprus and Egypt held meetings in recent days with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and Greece, Heiko Maas and Nikos Dendias respectively, to coordinate joint actions, appointments in which Geoffrey Pyatt, United States ambassador for Greece, also intervened.
The objective of these meetings was to neutralize what these nations describe as 'Turkish provocations', according to the local press.
In response to Greece's request, the spokesman of Foreign Action for the European Union, Peter Stano, declined an immediate EU meeting to address the dispute, although he did not rule out that it would happen later.
He stated that the bloc describes the situation in the Mediterranean as 'worrisome' and advocates for dialogue to resolve the bilateral dispute.
Turkey and Greece have a tense dispute over sovereignty over the area from the coast of the Turkish city of Antalia to the Greek island of Kastellorizo, now exacerbated after the start of drilling ordered by Erdogan to explore in search of natural gas in the area.
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