Berlin, Germany – All European Union (EU) countries have an obligation to support Greece, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on the Eastern Mediterranean dispute.
A flash move came from Germany, which called for dialogue at every turn in developments related to the Eastern Mediterranean. In her statement, Chancellor Merkel urged EU countries to take a stand in favour of Greece.
Germany has so far remained neutral about the Turkish – Greek tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and has indicated that it is in favor of resolving the issue through mutual dialogue.
The comment was made during an annual press conference in Berlin.
Merkel said she has discussed the issue extensively with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Speaking ahead of an informal meeting of the EU’s foreign ministers in Berlin earlier Friday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called for European sanctions on Turkey.
“I am waiting with great interest for Josep Borrell’s announcement on the options for sanctions on Turkey,” Dendias said of the EU’s foreign policy chief.
“We consider this an absolute necessity in order to achieve a de-escalation in the Mediterranean,” he said.
However, Germany is reportedly concerned that imposing sanctions on Turkey would undermine efforts to reach an understanding with Turkey.
Many EU governments seem to believe that putting pressure on Turkey will only harden its stance.
“This makes it difficult to impose sanctions,” the source said.
Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have been escalating since Turkey renewed its efforts to explore energy reserves near Cyprus. Turkey claims rights to parts of the island’s offshore resources despite vehement opposition from Greece and some other EU states.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that all European Union countries have an obligation to support Greece in its row with Turkey over the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) of Southern Cyprus‘s offshore energy resources. The chancellor added that she had already discussed the dispute between Greece and Turkey “intensely” with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Merkel also confirmed that Germany is “committed to” preventing an escalation of the dispute between the two countries over the Eastern Mediterranean and has called for jointly resolving the conflict over the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) of Southern Cyprus‘s exclusive economic zones.
Conflict Over Energy Resources in Mediterranean
Tensions between Greece and Turkey escalated again early in August after Tuekey announced the renewal of its efforts to find gas and oil in offshore areas of Cyprus, which Turkey considers part of the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) of Southern Cyprus‘s exclusive economic zone, to which it has been given access.
Meanwhile, Turkey sent a seismic research vessel to the Eastern Mediterranean, escorted by a warship, for that purpose. These efforts have long been opposed by the Greek government, which doesn’t recognize Turkey’s claims to the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) of Southern Cyprus‘s offshore resources, prompting the country to mobilize military forces in response to the Turkish actions.
The latest escalation was preceded by the two countries striking separate deals with other states to draw up EEZ borders, which conflicted with each other. Greece signed such an agreement with the Egyptian government and Turkey struck one with the Government of National Accord, which controls the north-eastern part of war-torn Libya.
Seemingly, Turkey versus the EU on the Eastern Mediterranean row. After tightening the ranks with Macron, Merkel’s call to support Greece with a scandalous crusader mindset is no surprise. Remember that the EU is a Christian Union.