Israel is standing by Athens, in light of the crisis between Turkey and Greece
TEL AVIV, (BM) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country is looking very seriously at any act of aggression being carried out in the Eastern Mediterranean region, regardless of which party did it, including Turkey, learned BulgarianMilitary.com ciitng the Al-Masdar News.
Netanyahu published a new tweet on Thursday, in which he clarified that he had received the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias.
The Israeli premier said that his country is standing by Athens, in light of the crisis between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Israeli Prime Minister pointed out that the visit by Dendias to Israel is another expression of the important friendship between his country and Greece, noting that the bilateral relations are expanding on the common geopolitical interests.
Turkey has previously sent a seismic research ship to the disputed area in the eastern Mediterranean, in a move that prompted Greece to raise its alert levels, while the mission aims to explore for potential oil and gas deposits south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo.
The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called for a meeting with army leaders on Monday, after Turkey issued an international maritime warning, known as “Naftex”.
Last Thursday, Greece and Egypt signed an agreement to create an exclusive economic zone in waters that contain oil and gas reserves; this was later rejected by Turkey and called invalid by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan threatened Greece
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made new provocative statements today and threatened Greece that Athens “will pay a heavy price if Greeks attack Oruc Reis”, BulgarianMilitary.com reported earlier today, citing Greek news agency Pentapostagma.
Speaking about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, he stressed: “We told them to dare to attack Oruts Reyes, otherwise you will pay a heavy price. Today, they got the first answer”, but did not specify exactly what he means.
In his second speech today, Turkey’s President continued to hurl threats against Greece, said a new, tough, bloody campaign will be pursued, cited Turkish military entanglement in Iraq, Syria & Libya as Turkish response, and claimed his gov’t is under economic attack.
In recent days, there has been a crescendo of statements, extremely provocative by Turkish officials.
These inflammatory statements come while he has given an “angelic” face after the phone call with Angela Merkel, referring to dialogue and international law. Rather, the Turkish president means international law as Turkey has it in mind.
As we reported earlier today, the Greek frigate F451 Limnos collided with the Turkish ship F247 Kemal Reis in the Mediterranean.
According to the portal, the Turkish frigate was damaged. Armyvoice.gr notes that the collision could have been the result of maneuvering in a small space in the disputed area.
The General Staff of the National Defense of Greece (GEETHA) denied the information about the clash.
Armyvoice.gr notes that information about the incident appeared shortly after the previous naval conflict: earlier, a Turkish warship dangerously approached the Greek frigate Νικηφόρος Φωκά.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported, relations between Greece and Turkey have worsened due to Ankara’s plans to explore for gas and oil in the Aegean Sea. The Greek authorities have complained to the EU authorities about Turkey’s “provocative and illegal” behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Later, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his decision to temporarily strengthen the French military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. He said that the military would be sent to assess the situation in the area and monitor compliance with international law.
Egypt warned Turkey: We’re military power, and Greece is important
Egypt and Greece signed a maritime demarcation agreement last week in a development that has broad economic and mainly geopolitical and defense significance,” a major Cairo newspaper reported on August 12.
More than a dozen rounds of negotiations took place before the signing of the agreement demarcating the maritime border between Egypt and Greece on August 6, which defines the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries.
“The agreement is important for Greece and Egypt,” explained Egyptian oil expert Ramad Aboul-Ella.
“It could also mean exploiting new gas fields, after the Zohr one that was discovered in 2015. This is particularly important as there are those who want to ‘soil’ our financial waters,” Abul-Ela said. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who “wants to stick his nose where it does not belong” underlines.
“First, he [Erdogan – ed.] is an invader in northern Syria and Iraq and now he is pirate in the Mediterranean,” he said, echoing the general view that prevails in Egypt about R.T. Erdogan.
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