France and Italy stand up for the Greeks, a ‘cold sweat’ for Erdogan
ATHENS, (BM) – With a tweet and a statement from when he was mayor of Istanbul and… young, Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted to the Greek-French alliance for the armaments and loud messages sent to Turkey by the countries of the European South that met in Corsica, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Pentapostagma.
The President of Turkey chose (in the first phase) to “respond” to Med-7 and what Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Emanuel Macron said by posting a video from when he was mayor of Istanbul. He uploaded it at around 01:00 in the morning on his personal [and not the presidency] twitter account. And the message was clear.
It was a statement he had made then. “There is a wolf table being prepared. Do you want to eat us? We are too big, you will not succeed. You can’t do it.”
Macron vs. Turkey and Russia
For his part, Emanuel Macron denounced the “hegemonic game” of Russia and Turkey in the Mediterranean. The French president commented on developments not only in the Eastern Mediterranean, but also on what is happening in Syria and Libya, with the role played by Russia and Turkey in the region.
“Our Mediterranean is today the theater of prolonged conflict, in Syria, in Libya. “The hegemonic game of historical forces seeking to destabilize the whole region and the role of Russia, as well as Turkey, are of concern to us.”
Conte: Solidarity to Greeks and Cypriots
Rome’s solidarity with the Greeks and Cypriots, who “face unilateral action by Turkey”, was expressed tonight by the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, after the end of the Med7 Summit in Corsica. “The tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean region concern us all,” Conte said.
For his part, Nikos Anastasiadis did not hide his satisfaction with the fact that the leaders of MED7 had a unanimous position on the situation in the Mediterranean.
“I welcome the unanimous position, but also the determination of all European leaders, as reflected in the joint declaration on the need to end Ankara’s illegal actions in the EEZ of Cyprus and Greece,” said the President of Cyprus.
What the findings of the Med7 Group say
The text of conclusions [paragraph 6: Peace and stability in the Mediterranean] lists Med7’s full support in Greece and Cyprus.
In particular, the following is stated: “The leaders expressed their full support and solidarity in Greece and Cyprus for the repeated violations of sovereignty and sovereign rights, as well as for the aggressive actions of Turkey. They call on all countries in the region to comply with international law, in particular International Maritime Law, and encourage all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation.
In fact, they welcome the mediation effort of Josep Borrell and Germany with the aim of continuing the dialogue between Greece and Turkey on the issue of maritime zones. The seven leaders, taking into account the conclusions of the recent European Council, regret that Turkey has not responded to the EU’s repeated calls to end its unilateral and illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean.
The leaders say – following the informal Council of Foreign Ministers [Gymnich] in August – that they agree to work on additional lists based on the proposals submitted so far, in order to be adopted immediately.
They argue that, in the absence of progress in engaging Turkey in dialogue, unless it terminates unilateral activities, the EU is ready to draw up a list of further restrictive measures to be discussed at the European Council meeting on 24-25 September 2020.
France will help Greece in case of war. Such a document is currently being prepared
Everything shows that the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean is entering a critical 15 days. Ankara appears determined to continue on the path of accomplishment, as we reported on September 8.
According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, the Oruc Reis will be even closer to Kastellorizo and Rhodes with the new navtex issued by Turkey by September 25th.
The meeting of Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Emanuel Macron on Thursday in Corsica is the most important… until the next. The two leaders, as already announced, will discuss extensively on armaments and the agreement will be “locked”, but the relevant texts will not be signed.
This is the reason why their meeting does not take place in Paris with any formality and will be repeated at the Palais des Champs-Elysees immediately after the Summit on September 24-25. A well-informed source said that there is a possibility that the signing will be done back to back with the Summit, ie the Prime Minister will go directly to Paris from Brussels, according to the central bulletin of the Star.
In addition to the armaments, however, the Mitsotaki-Macron meeting is expected to send clear messages of support for the French side to the Greek side, which has “irritated” Turkey.
The French will sign that they will assist Greece in case of war.
The agreement on mutual defense assistance will be based on Article 42 of the European Treaty which stipulates that if a Member State is attacked the other states shall assist by all means but also on NATO Article 5 which stipulates that attacking one ally means attacking all of the allies.
But why is Macron doing this? Because he is convinced that his victory in the next French elections will only be secured if he shows that he is the boss in the Eastern Mediterranean.
So he seeks either to confront Erdogan in Libya or to confront him in Kastelorizo. The Greek-French agreement will include an increase in joint military exercises and the mooring of French ships in Greek ports.
Egypt warns 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.
In November last year, Turkey and the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya Fayez Al-Sarraj signed a memorandum of understanding on maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea.
“Their shores are not opposite, though,” Abul-Ela said.
UNCLOS is an international convention adopted in 1982 that allows a state to extend the EEZ coast to 200 nautical miles (370 km). However, if the sea distance between two countries is more than 424 nautical miles, the exclusive economic zone can only be defined through bilateral agreements between two coastal states.
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