ATHENS, (BM) – The world-renowned Forbes magazine reports that Turkey is “playing with fire” as it vigorously promotes its controversial activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, facing growing opposition from peripheral states, many of which have a formidable navy [including Greece], learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Forbes magazine.
Already the French helicopter type Mistral Tonnerre, which had a flight to Beirut to provide aid to Lebanon, joined last night with the frigate La Fayette and sailed to Cyprus where it carried out a naval exercise with the Greek navy.
The President of France Macron said: “The purpose of this military presence is to strengthen the autonomous assessment of the situation and to reaffirm France’s adherence to freedom of movement, security of navigation in the Mediterranean and respect for international law.”
The magazine emphasizes that the ongoing challenge with alleged gas exploration work by Turkey in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus (EEZ) has caused widespread opposition in the wider region.
Ankara insists it has the right to conduct natural gas extraction off Cyprus, claiming that these waters are within the borders of the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The United States, the European Union and the Eastern Mediterranean states oppose Turkey’s drilling in the region.
Egypt also warned Turkey. We remind you that on August 12 a Cairo newspaper reported that “Egypt and Greece signed a maritime demarcation agreement last week in a development that has broad economic and mainly geopolitical and defense significance,”
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.
Another provocative move by Turkey was the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, last November, to create a huge EEZ between the two countries.
The naval agreement directly connects the Mediterranean coast of Turkey with the northeastern coast of Libya. In response, Greece and Egypt signed their own maritime border agreement in August 2020.
Turkey shows no signs of retreating in all these actions.
Now the same reported that Ankara sent warships to accompany a research vessel to explore the Aegean Sea south of the Greek island of Kastelorizo, pushing the Greek Navy to a state of “increased war readiness” in response.
Such tensions are likely to escalate in the coming months, which means that Turkey’s navy may well face other naval forces in the Mediterranean, which strongly oppose its actions.
Many of these naval forces are quite strong and could certainly be a significant obstacle to Turkey’s goals, he concludes.
At the same time, Turkish sources say that Turkey is closely monitoring developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region and is in control of everything.
“We are one step closer to a regional war in the Mediterranean. Something big has occured which shall be apparent in the coming hours. France must realize that Turkey is very serious & that it should be prepared for the consequences of taking sides in GR-TR dispute” a Turkish media said in Twitter.
“Israel’s position vis-a-vis the Eastern Mediterranean will determine Turkey’s future geostrategic position: (1) Whether Turkey remains in the Western Security Establishment (2) Whether Turkey declares nuclear weapons State status will be a function of how Tel Aviv acts now”, also the media added.
We remind you that yesterday [August 13 – ed.] the 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.
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.
The French actions in particular are the main work of Ankara’s defense analysts and will soon translate into more Turkish moves / positions in Africa.
“Turkey is watching very carefully the developments in the region and noting everything. French actions in particular are notes by Ankara’s analysts and will translate to more Turkish posturing/positioning in Africa”, the same Turkish media added in Twitter.
Turkey is trying to gain a foothold in the international arena of decision-making, except that this is a closed club from the time of World War II and is not going to “open” for anyone.
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