Greece-Turkey: Discussion on maritime zones delimitation should wait

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis meets with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during a NATO leaders summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 12, 2023. [Dimitris Papamitsos/Greek Prime Minister's Office/Handout via Reuters]

It's been more than a year of calm waters between Greece and Turkey and suddenly tensions seemed to have flared up again.

Earlier this week, Turkey hit out at Greece for its plans to declare two marine parks in the Aegean and the Ionian seas ahead of the Our Oceans Conference taking place in Athens next week.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it would "not accept fait accompli" Athens' decision and even advised "third parties, including the EU, not to become a tool for Greece's politically motivated attempts regarding environmental programs." It was a stark reminder that Turkey's claims of "gray zones" remain on the table.

Greece's Foreign Ministry accused Turkey of "politicizing" environmental issues and said it "upholds the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the country within the framework of foreign policy principles."

Ioannis Grigoriadis, research...

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