Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 27 September 2020

Beyond the Headlines: How Mediterranean gas exploration is pitting Turkey against Europe

EU members are backing Greece and Cyprus against Turkey's claims to marine areas believed to hold large reserves of gas

News update: Since publishing this podcast, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that Greece and Turkey had agreed to hold talks to avoid military escalation and accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In this week's Beyond the Headlines, host Sulaiman Hakemy takes a look at the rising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

On August 14, Greek and Turkish warships collided in the eastern Mediterranean, prompted a virtual meeting of all 27 EU member states and a statement hinting at the possibility of sanctions if Turkey failed to de-escalate.

In response, Turkey’s foreign minister said: "Instead of indulging Greece and giving unconditional support, the EU should invite Athens to act with reason."

After Turkey announced maritime training exercises in the Mediterranean, viewed in Europe as an aggressive move, France and Italy said they would join naval exercises with Greece and Cyprus in the same area.

On September 2, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for all parties involved to reduce tensions.

Updated: September 6, 2020 12:18 PM

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