Turkey’s Mediterranean aggression needs strong response, Biden Center chief says

Former U.S. deputy assistant defence secretary Michael Carpenter said Turkey’s decision to pause research for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean is a diplomatic win for Athens that shows the need for a strong response against Turkish aggression.

“The Greek government achieves an important diplomatic win by de-escalating tensions with Ankara,” Carpenter, Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, said in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Going forward, Turkey’s aggressive actions in the eastern Med and [the] Aegean must be met with a strong, coordinated U.S.-EU response,” Carpenter added, commenting on a link to an article by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle on developments in the region.

Carpenter served as deputy assistant secretary of defence for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia from 2015 to 2017.

Tensions have been rising recently between Turkey and Greece over their competing claims to hydrocarbon exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean.