Greece summons Turkish ambassador over gasoline exploration functions

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Greece’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Ambassador of Turkey, after the latter unveiled plans to start hydrocarbon exploration within the Eastern Mediterranean near Greek islands, in three or 4 months.

On Friday, Turkey revealed within the authorities’s gazette an software by Turkish Petroleum’s (TPAO) for an exploration allow within the area. The nation’s move adopted a bilateral settlement signed in 2019 with Libya’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), that claimed huge swathes of sea for Turkey.

Nikos Dendias, the Greek FM stated in an announcement on Monday that Ankara’s move “is part of a series of actions to by the neighbouring country which is gradually trying to usurp the sovereign rights of Greece.”

“Greece was and remains fully prepared to deal with this provocation, if Turkey decides to implement it,” Dendias stated.

The bilateral settlement on maritime boundaries and army cooperation has been condemned by Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and France, which stated in a joint assertion throughout a multilateral assembly in Cairo in January that it “infringes upon the sovereign rights of third states, does not comply with the law of the sea”.