Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey extends seismic survey work in disputed Mediterranean area to 29 November – Ahram Online

Turkey said it was extending the seismic survey work of its Oruc Reis ship in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until Nov. 29, in a move that could add to tensions in the region. NATO members Turkey and Greece are locked in a dispute over the extent of their continental shelves and conflicting …

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Greece violated Turkey’s airspace, waters nearly 50 times in October, Defense Ministry says – Daily Sabah

The ministry also noted that legally demilitarized Greek islands in the Aegean Sea were visited by Greece’s military vessels 192 times.

“The declaration of a (military) training ground that includes the demilitarized island of Samothrace in the Northern Aegean in violation of international agreements and violation of (Turkish) territorial waters by the training ground boundary is a clear indication of Greece’s provocative attempts to escalate the tension,” the statement added.

Europe Hopes Biden Will Reset on Iran and Tame Turkey – The German Marshall Fund of the United States

[…] In pre-Trump times, disputes between Turkey and Greece were typically resolved by a firm U.S. hand, most recently in 1996 when frenetic shuttle diplomacy by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke diffused the risk of military escalation. Over the last couple of years, however, long-standing disputes in Aegean Sea morphed into a complex bundle of intersected conflicts involving various sovereignty issues, gas exploration, the Libyan civil war, and broader geopolitical dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the face of this metastasizing challenge directly involving two of its member states, the EU has been scrambling over the best strategy to get Turkey in line without putting at risk the 2016 migration deal with Ankara or the integrity of NATO.

Concerned over any erosion of NATO’s ability to deter Russia, the Biden administration might seek to take a more hands-on approach on the conflict between Athens and Ankara in the context of a reviewed Turkey policy. Biden’s advisors have underlined the resolution of the Eastern Mediterranean quagmire as a fundamentally transatlantic problem that must be tackled jointly. […]

Strong French Navy Presence in the Eastern Mediterranean – Naval News

The French Navy has dispatched three surface vessels to form a Surface Action Group (SAG) in the Eastern Med. French État-major des armées picture. Since November 6, the French Navy has dispatched three surface vessels to form the Surface Action Group (SAG) in the Eastern Med: First in class stealth frigate La Fayette Georges Leygues-class …

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Greece, Egypt seek Biden role in East Mediterranean dispute – CP24.com

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s prime minister said Wednesday that he expects U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration to play a more active role in attempting to calm tension in the eastern Mediterranean. “We have every reason to welcome, along with all our partners in the region, the return of the United States to its central …

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Turkey’s is Sending a Message with its New Unmanned, Heavily Armed Gunboat – The National Interest

[…] “We have once again understood the importance of the ‘Blue Homeland’ defence, Economic Exclusive Zone protection, protection of maritime borders of the Turkish Peninsula especially with recently emerging disputes…May ULAQ bring the best of luck and success to Turkish Armed Forces and to Blue Homeland.”

Make no mistake—Ankara is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to Turkish interests in the Mediterranean.

Deep sea rivals: Europe, Turkey, and new eastern Mediterranean conflict lines – ECFR

Countries such as Germany have highlighted how they could work to support the political process in Libya. Berlin has already provided a neutral forum for all states to try to agree on core principles. But so far it has failed, partly because of a lack of European consensus on broader eastern Mediterranean issues and relations with Turkey. This was demonstrated most recently by Turkey’s recent pressure on Malta to withdraw its support from the EU’s Mediterranean mission, Operation IRINI. As is so often the case, a lack of unity is fatally undermining Europe’s attempts to become a relevant actor, and is creating further space for other actors beyond Turkey and the UAE – namely Russia – to fill the void. 

While America counts its votes, Erdogan advances his agenda – Al Monitor

Erdogan has launched Turkey on an increasingly assertive and independent regional posture. Unlike Americans on the right and left, the concept of “endless wars” doesn’t register for him. And despite being a member of NATO, and a onetime aspirant for European Union membership, Erdogan seems to relish accusing Europe, and especially France, of mistreating Muslims, with pointed back-and-forths threatening boycotts and sanctions.

The next US administration may have come to come to terms with a Turkey that is less of an ally and more a self-interested occasional partner — and one that pursues its own agenda at the center of increasingly complex and conflict-prone relations in the Caucuses, the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean.

Crete at center of converging, conflicting interests for Turkey, Greece in EastMed – Al Monitor

Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos has announced plans to create a new Hellenic naval base on Crete as Greece leverages its southernmost island as a pillar of security policy in the Eastern Mediterranean amid ongoing tensions with Turkey. Periklis Zorzovilis, head of the Athens-based Institute for Security and Defense Analysis, told Al-Monitor that from a geostrategic standpoint, …

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France And Turkey Not Embroiled In “Clash Of Civilizations” But Rather Geopolitical Struggle – Greek City Times

The horrific terrorist attacks in France and the confrontation that erupted between Paris and Ankara has questioned alliances and changed the geopolitical landscape in the East Mediterranean and Africa, which many are calling a “clash of civilizations” between the liberal secular West, led by France, and reactionary extreme Islamism, led by Turkey. However, a stronger argument …

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Turkey: Statement by the Spokesperson on renewed seismic surveys in the Eastern Mediterranean – European External Action Service

The latest Navtex announcements and the continued conduct of seismic survey activities by Turkey, which is affecting Greek and Cypriot maritime zones, are deeply regrettable – especially in view of ongoing constructive attempts at all levels to create space for dialogue. This is yet another course of action that, unfortunately, continues to create more tensions …

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Cyprus calls on Turkey to cease new provocation in EEZ – Cyprus Mail

Cyprus on Wednesday, in a new Navtex, called on Turkish seismic survey vessel Barbaros to immediately cease its illegal actions within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In the Navtex issued, the government said a Turkish Navtex for seismic survey until February 16 by the Barbaros and its support vessels TANUX 1 and Apollo Moon “is …

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