Greece’s decision to issue a new Navtex, expanding the area of seismic surveys for hydrocarbon deposits by US ExxonMobil southwest of Crete, is expected to act as a test of the government in Tripoli (GNA) as well as Turkey.
The diplomatic incident that took place last Thursday morning at Tripoli airport has stoked a new crisis in the already strained Greek-Libyan relations.
Last week Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the initiation of seismic surveys to locate potential natural gas reserves in two offshore blocks southwest of the Peloponnese peninsula and the island of Crete.
The interview given by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to ANT-1 TV on Monday did not only focus on the surveillance scandal, but also revealed how Athens intends to respond to Ankara’s attempt to contest and challenge in practical terms Greek sovereign rights via the Libya-Turkey memorandum.
Athens appears satisfied with the results of the first visit to Greece by Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his clear position regarding Turkey.
Athens is assessing the news that Turkey test-fired a locally made, short-range ballistic missile over the Black Sea on Tuesday, as Bloomberg revealed.
The ongoing tension between Greece and Turkey also permeated to other capitals last week, suggesting that the situation will drag on until elections will take place in both countries, sometime next year.
The government in Athens has become certain that the acrimonious situation with Turkey will last at least until elections take place in the neighbouring country.
In his address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly last Friday, Kyriakos Mitsotakis chose to point out the benefits of a peaceful and cooperative atmosphere between Greece and Turkey, but also to draw his government’s red lines vis a vis Turkey’s revisionist policies, making it clear that security, stability, and territorial integrity are non-negotiable for Athens.
Greece and Turkey are using the platform available to them at the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York to put under the spotlight their outstanding differences on several issues and to exchange longstanding accusations at the highest international level.