The Turkish Overseas Ministry has mentioned the feedback by EU states defending Greece are “indifferent from actuality,” however it added that Ankara is open to discussing Mediterranean points with Athens.

NATO member states Turkey and Greece have overlapping claims to continental cabinets and rights to potential power assets within the jap Mediterranean. The seven EU Mediterranean states, which held a summit on Thursday, warned that the bloc will draw up an inventory of recent sanctions on Turkey on the finish of September until Ankara negotiates to resolve the dispute with Greece and Cyprus.

Greece must “unconditionally sit on the negotiating desk with Turkey” with the intention to obtain dialogue and cooperation within the area, Turkish Overseas Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy mentioned on Friday. He additionally added that Athens must withdraw its army ships from round Turkey’s Oruc Reis survey vessel with the intention to de-escalate tensions.

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The Protection Ministry in Ankara mentioned earlier {that a} technical assembly between Turkish and Greek army delegations befell at NATO Headquarters. They mentioned measures geared toward stopping potential army engagement within the jap Mediterranean, in response to the ministry.

Nonetheless, Athens denied it attended the technical talks with a Turkish army delegation. Diplomatic sources in Athens had been quoted by ANA information company on Thursday as saying that the Greek delegation didn’t “trade views” with Turkish authorities. “There was no dialogue with the Turkish officers,” the sources mentioned, including that the statements on the assembly was a “a part of Turkey’s ongoing effort to current an unrealistic image with the intention to keep away from potential sanctions.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned on Thursday he would go to Cyprus to hunt a peaceable answer to mounting Mediterranean tensions, as he referred to as on Turkey to drag again its forces. He’ll maintain talks in Cyprus on Saturday after a visit to Doha, the place he’ll assist inaugurate talks between Afghanistan’s authorities and the Taliban.

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