The EU has no jurisdiction over maritime boundaries and will stay unbiased in Turkey’s dispute with Greece within the Mediterranean, Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has warned the European Parliament.

Ankara and Athens have competing claims to continental cabinets within the east Mediterranean, believed to be wealthy in vitality assets. Turkey says its shelf ought to be measured from the mainland, whereas Greece determines its declare primarily based on the situation of its many islands, a few of that are located near Turkish shores.

The disagreement has seen the 2 neighbors and NATO members mobilizing their warships and planes, with Greece calling on Brussels to slap Turkey with “significant” sanctions over its aggressive habits. EU leaders are anticipated to decide on sanctions throughout a summit on September 24-25.

In a bid to keep away from punitive measures, Cavusoglu addressed the European Parliament International Affairs Committee through videoconference on Thursday.
The Turkish FM mentioned that Ankara was ready for “unconditional” talks with Greece and the EU on the problem. He insisted that the Mediterranean dispute stays unresolved as a result of “Greece just isn’t prepared for dialogue.”

Cavusoglu urged the EU to be goal whereas inspecting the disagreement, even if Greece is a member of the political bloc.



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Additionally on Thursday, Turkish and Greek navy delegations met on the NATO headquarters in Brussels to debate steps to stop conflicts within the Mediterranean. The negotiations between the edges are set to proceed within the coming days, based on Turkey’s Protection Ministry.

The present spike in tensions started a month in the past after Ankara despatched a analysis vessel into disputed waters close to Cyprus. The operation was ordered after Greece signed a drilling take care of Egypt. Ankara referred to as it an infringement of its rights, regardless of signing the same settlement with Libya’s Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA) final 12 months.

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