Turkey has said that six F-16 warships from Greece from Crete Island tried to enter the area where Turkey is drilling, but Turkey’s F-16 warships stopped them.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry released a video related to this on Friday evening. Turkey claims that in the video, Greek fighter jets can be seen approaching a Turkish ship engaged in a search for gas.
However, the Greek media has accused Turkey that its fighter jet was blocked by its F-16 aircraft returning to base in Crete.
Both countries are members of NATO. Recently, tension between the two has increased due to the campaign to find Turkey’s gas reserves in the Mediterranean. There is a dispute over the rights on the gas reserves of this area and the continental shelf of the countries.
Greece has been consistently opposing Turkey on these issues and France is with her in this matter.
This week, while Turkey has sent its ship Oruk Reese to the eastern Mediterranean to search for gas reserves in the sea, the joint military exercise of France, Greece, Italy and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean has also started this week.
EU may ban Turkey
On Friday, the European Union warned Turkey that stringent economic sanctions could be imposed if Turkey did not try to reduce tensions with Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.
Josep Borel, the union’s head of diplomatic affairs, said the union wants to “resolve the matter through negotiations,” but the EU is with Greece and Cyprus in the matter, who have feared a military standoff in the area.
An important meeting of European Union foreign ministers took place in Berlin on Friday in which the member countries agreed to Cyprus’ request to ban those associated with Turkey’s drilling operations. Cyprus claims its territory in the eastern Mediterranean, where Turkey is drilling.
Josep Borel told Turkey that negotiations on this issue should proceed. For this, “Turkey should avoid any unilateral action.” Germany wants to mediate this conversation to establish peace in the area.
Borel said, “It has been agreed that if Turkey does not step forward in this matter, a list of sanctions will be prepared on which will be held at the European Council meeting on September 24-25 will be discussed.”
Giving information about the possible restrictions, Borel said that drilling vessels could be banned, as well as restrictions on the use of EU ports and economic activities related to drilling operations.
However, he also said that if other steps to stop Turkish drilling are not effective, then the restrictions will be imposed.
France also demanded sanctions against Turkey
France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said that Turkey wants action against itself, it does not want to understand the way of negotiations.
France is also a member of NATO. Recently, France has opposed Turkey over Turkey’s role in Neto and Libya and its ambition for a gas reserve in the Mediterranean.
Macron has said that the EU should join Greece and Cyprus in the dispute over the gas reserves near Cyprus and on the safety of the continental shelf of Cyprus. He said that the Sangh should think about banning the matter. However, the members of the Sangh are still divided on this issue.
Macron said, “When it comes to the sovereignty of landowning nations, France has not differentiated its words and actions.”
A few months ago, France carried out air strikes on suspected chemical weapons targets in Syria. Pointing to this, Macron said, “I can tell you that Turkey understands this. If you warn but do not take any action after that, then it will not help.”
In June this year, France had tried to investigate Turkey’s ship in the wake of UN sanctions on selling arms to Libya, sparking controversy between France and Turkey after the incident.
Macron says Turkey is provoking the European Union with its antics. He said, “I believe that the strategy that Turkey has adopted in recent times cannot be the strategy of any NATO member. It is attacking the sovereignty of the two countries involved in the European Union and their special economic zone.”
“If we are not able to protect the sovereignty of our members, what credibility will we have in handling the situation in the case of Belarus?”
However, in this whole matter, Germany, an important member of the European Union, says that Turkey and Greece should adopt a path of dialogue to resolve this matter.
After discussing with Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece spoke among themselves. But instead of resolving the matter, it became even more entangled when they told both that they would protect their rights in the area of the Mediterranean.
After this, on Friday, Macron said “Germany and other countries will now agree that Turkey’s agenda is not right. Six months ago it was said that France is blaming Turkey without any reason, but now everyone is seeing Is that really a problem. “
Turkey’s response to this issue
In response, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said that “Turkey is supportive of resolving the dialogue, but the language of sanctions will not solve the problem. This will strengthen the country’s intent.”
He said, “If the European Union wants a solution to the problem of the eastern Mediterranean, it will have to work without any favor and play the role of an honest mediator.”
Turkish President Rechep Tayyip Ardoआनan spoke to Neto chief Jens Stoltenberg over the phone over the issue.
He said, “Neto should fulfill its responsibility and oppose unilateral steps that defy international law and disturb peace in the area.”