Dispute over Gas and Oil resources: France wants to increase its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean

Against the Background of the dispute to the Gas and Oil reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, the President of France Emmanuel Macron has announced an enhance

Dispute over Gas and Oil resources: France wants to increase its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean

Against the Background of the dispute to the Gas and Oil reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, the President of France Emmanuel Macron has announced an enhanced military presence of his country in the Region. In the coming days, the strength of the French associations should be extended in the Eastern Mediterranean sea temporarily, said the French presidency on Wednesday after a phone conversation with the Macrons with the Greek head of government, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Earlier, the dispute between Greece and Turkey in the Gas and Oil resources continue to become. Turkey sent an exploration ship from a Greek island. The Greek foreign Minister Nikos Dendias warned then, Greece was ready to defend its territorial area. He called for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish naval vessels accompanied the exploring ship "Oruc Reis" from Greek waters.

Macron showed the information from Paris that in his telephone conversation with Mitsotakis concerned about the Turkish approach, "induced voltages". He appealed to Ankara, these activities, in order to allow a "peaceful dialogue" with Greece and the Nato partners about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey wants to defend their "rights" in the Region, without compromise

Macron called on Ankara and Athens to the dialogue. He welcomed, in this connection, German mediation efforts between Greece and Turkey. With the reinforcement of the French military operation in the Eastern Mediterranean Macron wool underscore its desire that the "international law" will be respected in the field, said the President's office in Paris. The expansion of the French military presence should be carried out "in cooperation with the European partners, including Greece". Details about the planned reinforcement of the military operation, the government in Paris did not call first, however.

Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had earlier announced his country's intent to build on the explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean and will defend his "rights" in the Region without compromise. From the end of August, Ankara drilling permits for new locations will be awarded in the "Western part of our continental shelf".

Updated Date: 13 August 2020, 00:19

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