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Reports Say Greece Launching Diplomatic Push Against Turkey

Map showing Turkey’s claim to search and rescue in areas of Black Sea and the Mediterranean. File photo

Reports in Greek media are pointing toward Greece launching a new diplomatic offensive against Turkey’s repeated and ongoing provocations in the Mediterranean.

The reports say that the Greek Foreign Ministry will soon embark on a serious campaign to help stop Turkish aggression on a number of fronts, including writing to EU Foreign policy minister Josep Borrel, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Official complaints will also be lodged against Turkey with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over that country’s statement this weekend that it would be responsible for search and rescues in broad swaths of the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea.

Accompanied by its own maps, the statement showing the area claimed by Turkey includes parts of Cyprus and clearly infringes on zones that are in Greek maritime territory.

The Greek media reports also state that the European border patrol agency Frontex will soon be briefed about the issue by Greek authorities and that the Greek Embassy in Ankara will file an official complaint with the government there.


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