Erdogan escalates tension as Tsipras warns of serious consequences

A war of words erupted on Tuesday between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan over hydrocarbon rights in the Eastern Mediterranean and the southeastern Aegean, with the former warning Ankara of serious consequences if it continues to violate international law. 

In response to comments by Erdogan that Turkey will continue exploring for hydrocarbons in the region and that it will prevent any efforts that "ignore" the rights of Turkey and the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus, Tsipras warned that Ankara's relations with the European Union will be severely disrupted if it "violates international law [and] the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus." 

"[Turkey] should know, they will pay a heavy price," Tsipras said during a visit to Cyprus to attend the funeral of former president Demetris Christofias. He also berated Turkey for...

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