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Turkey-Greece Tensions Escalate Over Ankara's Mediterranean Ambitions


Thursday, 5 December 2019 23:55 WIB

Global


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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met Wednesday in an effort to defuse rising tensions over disputed territorial waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The meeting on the sideline of the London NATO summit comes amid Turkish-Greek tensions over territorial disputes about the Mediterranean.

Bilateral tensions have escalated with Turkey's agreement with Libya, increasing Turkish control of eastern Mediterranean waters. The region is experiencing a scramble for potential energy reserves in the area.

Athens has been pressing for the full details of the Turkey-Libya deal, which Erdogan signed in Istanbul with Libya's Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA ). Under the agreement, Turkey extended its control of the eastern Mediterranean, opening up the area to Turkey to search for hydrocarbons.

Athens condemned the agreement, claiming it denied the territorial waters of three prominent Greek Islands.

Source : VOA


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