Turkey offered Greece to “make peace” and resolve the conflict that arose on the basis of the right to drill offshore in the Eastern Mediterranean. This was stated by Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, quoted by Reuters.
He stressed that Ankara is open to dialogue. At the same time, Cavusoglu believes that Athens is deliberately trying to provoke the Turkish side.
On August 15, it became known that a Turkish submarine was found in the territorial waters of Greece. Two days earlier, France had moved military equipment to the Mediterranean to support the Greek side.
At the beginning of the month, it was reported that relations between Greece and Turkey had again deteriorated. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Athens does not respect the agreement with Ankara and has not stopped operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. According to him, Greece resumed drilling operations contrary to the agreements.
Contradictions over the coast in the Eastern Mediterranean arose in 1974 — when a coup occurred in Cyprus, associated with the attempt of Greece to Annex the island. Turkey sent troops to Northern Cyprus and declared A Turkish Cypriot Federal state there, later renamed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The rest of the island is now under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey has repeatedly called for joint development of fields by Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, allowing cooperation with Russia.