French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered the strengthening of France’s military presence in the Mediterranean in the face of escalating tensions in the region due to oil exploration carried out by Turkey in an area claimed by Greece.
“I have decided to temporarily increase the French military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean in the next few days in cooperation with European partners, including Greece,” Macron announced on Twitter late on Wednesday.
The Elysee tenant stated that “the situation in the eastern Mediterranean is worrying”. “Turkey’s unilateral decisions on oil exploration have created tension,” he said, appealing for dialogue between “neighboring countries and NATO allies”.
The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked the French President for his “solidarity”. “Macron is a true friend of Greece and a passionate advocate of European values and international law,” he responded on the same social network.