- For 40 years, Turkey and Greece have disagreed over rights to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, which covers significant oil and gas deposits.
- On July 21, Turkey announced that the drilling ship OrucReis would be exploring a disputed part of the sea for oil and gas. Greece responded by placing its air force, navy and coastguard on high alert.
- Turkey’s drilling activities are taking place in three different locations in the Mediterranean Sea.
GREECE WARNED TURKEY MANY TIMES
GREECE THREATENED TO GOT TO UN
- The Greek embassy in Ankara sent a complaint to the Turkish foreign ministry, according to the Greek foreign ministry. Greek authorities also said they have raised the issue to the EU, NATO and the United Nations Security Council.
EU SIDEDWITHGREECE ONTHEISSUE
RECENT CLASH BETWEEN GREEK AND TURKISH SHIPS
- France followed through with its plans to heighten its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean by deploying two Rafalefighter jets and a naval frigate ‘Lafayette’ in the region, the country’s armed forces ministry announced.
GREECE THANKFUL TO FRANCE FOR SUPPORT
- Following a call with the French President, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakistweeted, “Emmanuel Macron is a true friend of Greece and a fervent defender of European values and international law.”
WHY IS FRANCE GETTING INVOLVED?
- France wantstomaintainitsinfluence in the Mediterranean. France has close relations with Greece
EARLIER INCIDENT BETWEEN FRANCE AND TURKEY
- France has been especially angry after accusing Turkish warships of being aggressive towards its Courbet warship after it attempted to inspect a vessel in June that it suspected was violating a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. The Courbet was operating in the NATO Sea Guardian operation.