Merkel called on EU countries to support Greece, France, Italy and Greece to hold joint military exercises

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 Merkel called on EU countries to support Greece, France, Italy and Greece to hold joint military exercises


On the 28th, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had previously remained relatively neutral in the Turkish Greek dispute, called on all EU Member States to support Greece on the same day, according to media reports such as Kathimerini and the Greek city times, saying that EU countries are obliged to do so.

However, Merkel did not criticize Turkey, saying that the maritime dispute between Turkey and Greece should be resolved through dialogue. On the other hand, France, another big country in the European Union, is currently conducting joint military exercises with Italy, Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean region.

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In recent years, in order to reduce its dependence on imported energy from Iran, Iraq and Russia, Turkey has purchased three exploration ships and conducted nine deep-sea exploration in the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea. But activities in the disputed waters have also led to tensions between Turkey and neighboring Greece, Cyprus and the European Union.

On August 6, Turkey declared the agreement on maritime jurisdiction of the exclusive economic zone signed by Greece and Egypt invalid. On the 12th, a Turkish exploration ship, escorted by five warships, entered the disputed waters between Crete and Cyprus for exploration. During this period, Turkish and Greek warships almost collided.

In this regard, Frances attitude is very obvious. President Marco u00f3 n has repeatedly called on the EU to support Greece and Cyprus in this dispute, and to promote the implementation of sanctions against Turkey at the EU level. However, there are some differences within the EU on this issue.

As the current EU presidency, Germanys attitude is crucial. Germany is committed to preventing disputes in the eastern Mediterranean region from escalating and hopes to work with other parties to resolve the current conflict, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at her last annual summer press conference on the 28th.

Merkel revealed that she and marklon had discussed the dispute between Turkey and Greece in depth and made it clear that European countries have an obligation to support Greece. We support Greece, and tensions between Greece and Turkey should not continue to escalate.

Merkel also said she would inform Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the EUs attitude. At the same days press conference, Merkel was not willing to criticize Turkey and stressed the importance of resolving the dispute through dialogue, saying that Turkey is still an important partner and ally in NATO.

Meanwhile, French defense minister Florence Parly revealed on the 26th that France was holding a joint military exercise with Italy, Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean region in view of the worsening dispute over energy and resources in the eastern Mediterranean region between France and Greece, Reuters reported.

The eastern Mediterranean is becoming a region of tension. Pali tweeted that international law is a must rule and no one can be an exception. Dialogue, cooperation and diplomacy are top priorities. A stable Eastern Mediterranean with respect for international law is in the common interest of all parties. It should not be an ambitious playground for some people, she added

During the joint military exercise, France dispatched three Rafale fighters and a warship equipped with helicopters. On the 13th of this month, when Turkey resumed its gas exploration activities in the disputed waters of the eastern Mediterranean, France and Greece had conducted joint military exercises in the waters near Crete Island. At that time, France sent two warships and two Rafale fighters, while Greece sent four frigates and some fighters.

Earlier on the 28th, Nikos dendias, the Greek foreign minister, made a speech before the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Berlin, calling on the EU to impose sanctions on Turkey, the Greek Daily reported.

French President Marcon has a positive attitude towards this, but the German side is worried that sanctions may undermine the previous efforts of dialogue and consultation with Turkey.

On the 25th, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Greece and Turkey successively to meet with the foreign ministers of the two countries to try to mediate between them. Maas warned that the current situation in the eastern Mediterranean amounts to playing with fire and that any spark can set off a disaster.

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A source told Greeces dailies that many EU Member States believed that pressure on Turkey would only make Turkeys position more firm and tough, which would make it difficult to implement sanctions.

On the 26th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at an event that Turkey would take various measures to safeguard its interests in the Mediterranean Sea and other places, including military means.

Do not test Turkeys patience, determination, strength and courage. When we decide to do something, we act and are willing to pay the price. Anyone who tries to stop us will have consequences. Erdogan said.

This article is the exclusive manuscript of the observer website. It is not allowed to reprint without authorization.