Turkey attracts European Union rebuke over continuing plans to drill in disputed Mediterranean waters

The relationship between Turkey and the European Union has been facing harsh storms pertaining to the former’s aggression in the Mediterranean waters.

The stand-off between Greece, which is a member-state of the European Union, and Turkey has escalated in past few weeks over oil and gas exploration rights in the Mediterranean waters.

On August 16, Turkey drew another rebuke from the EU when it confirmed that its Yavuz energy drill ship would extend operations in disputed Mediterranean waters off Cyprus until mid-September.

Turkey issued a maritime notice saying that the Yavuz will be accompanied by three other Turkish ships and added that “all vessels are strongly advised not to enter” the area.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has called for an immediate halt to Turkey’s maritime economic activities and the beginning of dialogue post Turkey renewed its drilling plans in the disputed zone delineated by Cyprus and Egypt. It has resulted in the augmentation of tensions between the country and the bloc.

In an official statement, Josep Borrell said, “This action runs counter and undermines efforts to resume dialogue and negotiations, and to pursue immediate de-escalation”.

Tension between Greece and Turkey had led to a minor collision between their frigates last week.

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