Greece this Tuesday requested that European Union foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss Turkey’s intimidating stance in the eastern Mediterranean, where it has re-deployed an oil exploration ship despite maritime disputes with Greece.
Diplomatic sources have confirmed Athens’ request, which comes after contact with other actors affected by Ankara’s assertive maneuvers in the Mediterranean. Consultations between European partners are now expected to last until Wednesday, when a decision will be made on whether to convene this extraordinary forum.
In the last few days, the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias held meetings with his German counterpart Heiko Maas as well as with the American Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, and other actors in the region such as Cyprus and Egypt in order to address the “Turkish provocations.
In a statement on Monday, the Greek Foreign Ministry insisted it would not allow Turkish extortion and called on Ankara to cease its illegal activities in waters under Greek jurisdiction.