drilling

Erdogan Reportedly Tells German Chancellor Merkel “We Are Starting Drilling”

Responding to Thursday's signing of a maritime agreement between Greece and Egypt delineating the EEZ's of each nation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reported to have told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that his nation would again recommence drilling...

Greece Open to Dialogue with Turkey But Not "At Gunpoint"

Greece is open to a dialogue with Turkey but not under threats, the country’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias reiterated on Wednesday. Speaking on state broadcaster ERT, Dendias criticized Turkey for issuing “threats and deadlines,” adding that dialogue cannot be held...

Turkey Backs Down From Conflict with Greece (For Now)

Turkey announced on Tuesday that it will “put on hold for a while” energy-exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea that have raised tensions with Greece and Cyprus. Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, revealed that Erdogan said “let's follow a constructive...

Did Germany's Merkel Stop a Military Conflict Between Greece and Turkey?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was instrumental in preventing a military confrontation between Greece and Turkey on Tuesday evening, according to German media reports. According to the newspaper Bild, Navy ships and fighter jets from both countries were on standby, after Ankara's...

Greece Responds to Turkey's Plans by Issuing Counter-Navtex in East Med

Greece and Cyprus issued a counter-Navtex on Wednesday in answer to Turkey’s issuance of a similar alert for an area which lays within Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and is set to last until August 2. The Navigation Telex by...

Turkey Plans New Drillings Off Cyprus, Fueling Mediterranean Tensions

Turkey issued a new notice for its continued gas exploration and drillling inside the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on Wednesday, further fueling tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Navigational Telex (Navtex) covers the area southwest of the island for...

Greece, US Back Drilling Off Crete; Call for Respect for International Law

Greek and American officials hailed the partnership between oil giants ExxonMobil of the US, Total of France and Hellenic Petroleum in two offshore exploration licenses off Crete during a Monday teleconference. "Both sides welcomed the participation of ExxonMobil in partnership...

Erdogan Ratchets Up Rhetoric Against Greece; Hagia Sophia Decision on July 2

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned Greece to stop issuing empty threats over his country's planned oil and gas drilling operations in the eastern Mediterranean, which Athens says violates Greek sovereignty. In an interview with Turkey's TRT channel,...

Greece Seeks EU Support Over Turkish Claims on its Sovereignty

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has sent letters to top European Union officials in protest over Turkey’s most recent activities in the Eastern Mediterranean on Wednesday. The move follows the publication in the Turkish government’s gazette of a map outlining...

EU Warns Turkey Over Violations From Drilling In Greek Waters

The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has urged Turkey to respect the borders of Greece and Cyprus, following its earlier threats to drill for oil and gas inside Greece's territorial waters. Further, Borrell also stated that the EU was...