Relations of Greece and Turkey again escalated, said in Ankara. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Athens has not ceased operations in the Eastern Mediterranean despite the agreement with Ankara. It quoted Reuters.
We are talking about exploration and production of energy. Erdogan claims that Greece has resumed drilling operations in defiance of the Treaty with Turkey.
In early June, the Turkish government decided to “protect the interests of the state” on the continental shelf of Cyprus: Ankara wants to continue the exploration “in spite of the hostile actions of some States”.
Coast in the Eastern Mediterranean — a source of tension between the countries-EU members Cyprus and Greece on the one hand and Turkey on the other. The latter has repeatedly called for the joint development of deposits of Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots, Ankara has made cooperation with Moscow. In the debate on the division of energy also involved Egypt and Israel.
Contradictions arose in 1974, when Cyprus was a coup with the aim of annexing the island to Greece. Then Turkey sent troops to the North of Cyprus and in the occupied territories declared Cyprus Turkish federated state, later renamed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The rest of the island is now under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus.