Turkey, Greece reach understanding on 'general principles'

Пятница, 02 Окт, 2020

The NATO talks are completely separate from diplomatic efforts led by Germany to help bring a permanent end to the eastern Mediterranean dispute.

Dendias said after talks with Christodoulides late Wednesday that the possibility for more economic measures against Turkey should remain open in case it carries on with its "illegal" actions.

Greece and Turkey agreed to measures on Thursday to reduce the risk of an accidental military incident in the Eastern Mediterranean, where the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are engaged in a dispute over territorial waters.

ExxonMobil, France's Total and Greece's Hellenic Petroleum have set up a joint venture that will look for gas and oil off the Greek island of Crete.

French President Emmanuel Macron was staunch in his support, saying that "solidarity is non-negotiable" when it comes to Cyprus, but also to Greece in its long-running dispute with Turkey.

"We hope the exploratory talks not only get kicked off right, but it's important that they're resolved in a way that delivers outcomes that each of the two nations find more than acceptable", Pompeo told Greece's ANA state news agency Monday.

Athens and Ankara have agreed to resume the exploratory talks on maritime boundaries "in the future", with Istanbul the venue.

Christodoulides hailed Turkey's withdrawal of a warship-escorted survey vessel from Greece-claimed waters as a "positive first step" to deescalating tensions at sea.

Yesterday, both sides said they meant to "further enhance their strategic defence and security partnership" in talks in Washington next year.

The secretary of state last Octo- ber signed a defence agreement allowing USA forces a broader use of Greek military facilities.

Pompeo said security cooperation with Greece "is especially important as Russian Federation continues to destabilize the region, especially in Libya".

European Union officials say that as well as brandishing the stick of sanctions threats, they are also dangling the carrot of closer ties if Turkey improves its behaviour.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a statement confirming that the US-Greece Science and Technology Agreement was officially signed on Monday in Thessaloniki, Greece, by the US Secretary of state and the Greek Minister of Development and Investments.

Pompeo, on a European tour that includes stops in Italy and Croatia, also accused Russian Federation of seeking to "destabilise the region, especially in Libya" and of peddling "disinformation on the [coronavirus] pandemic and trying to co-opt the Orthodox Church".

Pompeo flew to Crete Monday evening, and spent the night at the home of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The USS Hershel "Woody" Williams that is being deployed to Souda Bay is an expeditionary sea base ship.