Turkey Warns Greece to Stay Out of Greek Waters

Αssociated Press

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.