MADRID, Feb. 13 (.) –
The European Union warned the Turkish government on Sunday that Greece’s sovereignty is “unquestionable” after Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu questioned its territorial integrity after accusing Athens of “militarizing” the territorial dispute held by both countries.
Greece has accused Turkey of carrying out “illegal” prospecting and exploration activities for hydrocarbons within a short distance of several of its islands. However, the Turkish government rejects the accusations and assures that the waters in which gas is being drilled on an experimental basis belong to the Turkish continental shelf.
For this reason, the dispute over Turkish natural gas exploration against the Greek islands of Rhodes and Castelórizo in the eastern Mediterranean has steadily intensified in recent months.
Cavusoglu, last Wednesday, assured that “the Greek Cypriot sector and Greece have tried to violate the continental shelf nine times.” “If Greece does not renounce it, the sovereignty of these islands could be discussed,” he warned in comments collected by TRT.
In response, the EU has warned that “Greece’s sovereignty over these islands is unquestionable” and that “Turkey must respect it, refrain from provocations in this regard, unequivocally commit to good neighborly relations and work to resolve any disputes peacefully.” .
“International agreements must be respected,” the EU has sentenced in its statement.