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Greece calls for urgent EU meeting over Turkish provocation

The Greek government urged the European Union for an urgent meeting to discuss the escalating Turkish tension with Greece and Greek Cyprus.

The Turkish Navy had announced that the Turkish ship, “Eruj Reis,” would conduct a seismic survey in a disputed natural gas-rich area in the eastern Mediterranean during the next two weeks, which exacerbated the tension between the two countries.

Greece accuses Turkey of seeking to destabilize the eastern Mediterranean, threatening the unity of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Ankara’s relations with the European Union.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced a few days ago the resumption of exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean, in response to the maritime agreement signed by Egypt with Greece.

Tensions increased between Greece and Turkey after the latter signed a maritime agreement with the Government of National Accord, and proceeded to send ships to explore for oil in the territorial waters of Cyprus and Greece.

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