Greece warns Israel over Turkish activities in Eastern Mediterranean

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday warned Israeli government officials over Turkey’s “provocative” behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean, Reuters reported.

During a visit to Jerusalem, Mitsotakis cited recent incidents of “illegal and provocative Turkish behaviour” on Greece’s territorial lines and "the destabilising effect” that Turkey has created from bilateral ties with Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), the British agency said.

The Greek premier was accompanied by a cabinet delegation to promote a trilateral natural gas project, the EastMed Pipeline, with Cyprus.

In November, Turkey signed a maritime agreement with the Tripoli-based GNA to rewrite the exclusive economic zones of the Eastern Mediterranean, and give Turkey a significant role in transnational gas drilling and production. 

The deal is seen as an effort to block the €6 billion EastMed Pipeline.

“Turkey is welcome to give up on its imperialistic pipeline dreams and cooperate with us as an equal and law-abiding partner – not as the neighbourhood bully,” Mitsotakis said on Wednesday.

Since the agreement, Turkey has also bolstered military support for the GNA in its fights to repel a 14-month offensive by the Libyan National Army to seize the capital Tripoli.  

Turkish officials, including Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, arrived in Tripoli for a meeting with GNA officials on Wednesday. The two sides discussed development of bilateral ties, according to a GNA statement.

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