Turkey Warns Greece to Stay Out of Greek Waters

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. (AP Photo/Akin Celiktas)

ANKARA – Turkey said an agreement it signed with Libya dividing the seas between them means it owns the continental shelf as it plans to send ships to drill off Crete for energy and warned Greece to steer clear.

“Within our continental shelf, no one can conduct activity without our permission, if it happens, we will prevent it,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency, using a depicting the purported new boundaries of Turkey’s continental shelf.

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the memorandum of understanding signed on November 27 complies with international laws Turkey otherwise doesn’t recognize unless in its favor.

The map shows Turkey owns waters off the major Greek island of Rhodes as well after it had put drillships in Cypriot sovereign waters, claiming parts of the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as its own, drawing new boundaries in the Aegean and East Mediterranean with no one moving to stop it.


  1. “Turkey Warns Greece to Stay Out of Greek Waters”
    Are they infested with sharks or is there a pollution issue?

  2. If Turkey thinks Greece will be passive this time around they are in for a surprise. This will be a very interesting chess game.

    1. Greece has been passive since 1974. Erdogan has invaded Syria, and nobody has done anything. When they start drilling off Cyprus and using small warships to harass ships from other countries like China does in the South China sea, nobody will do anything either. Erdogan knows modern Greeks are cowards; the fact that there is still a TRNC is evidence of that. Impotent rage from Greeks on the internet does nothing to address the military reality where Turkey has a two to one advantage against Greece. Surely an Athenian can appreciate their modern irony in “the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must”?

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