Mitsotakis Says Greece Won’t Stand By, Let Turkey Drill for Energy

ATHENS – Dismissing a Turkish-Libyan deal dividing up the seas between them, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece won’t let any drilling be done in the country’s waters.

Talking to Parliament, he told Turkey to back off its aggression, with the world not accepting the agreement with a rogue element of Libya’s split government that the European Union said was unlawful.

Turkey disputes the maritime boundaries with Greece and warned it would be a cause for war if Greece tries to double the limits to 12 miles, adding further to the growing tension between them.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said he would again send energy research vessels around Greek islands to look for oil and gas, including the biggest, Crete, as well as Kastellorizo.

In a report, The Voice of America noted Mitsotakis’ hard line stance to defend Greece’s sovereignty and his building alliances with countries, including France, as well as renewing a military cooperation deal with the United States.

Erdogan is also upset that Greece won’t take troops off Aegean islands near Turkey’s coast and complained that US-made armored vehicles were being positioned there in an act of aggression against Turkey.

George Tzogopoulos, a  Senior Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens told VOA that, “It’s crystal clear  in Washington that Turkey is not considered a reliable partner and within that context, Greece is,” of the two NATO alleged allies.

“This situation is creating a new dynamic within the Eastern Mediterranean and NATO itself but most importantly, in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US is working closer with reliable partners, and this is fueling the aggressive rhetoric from the other side (Turkey,” he said.

Diplomatic sources in Athens not named told VOA that senior Greek officials will visit the Middle East to urge rejection of the Turkey-Libya deal before Turkey sends out research vessels or warships to accompany them.



TRIPOLIS - Over 200 projects are included in the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Region of the Peloponnese for 2030, totalling 5.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Mission…To Tunisia Part 2 – A TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis (Video)

The coveted exotic beauty of Tunisia is revealed by the 2nd episode of our Mission…To Tunisia – A TNH Documentary.

AL WAKRAH — Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved three penalty kicks in his team's 3-1 win over Japan in a shootout at the World Cup on Monday, securing a return to the quarterfinals for the runner-up in the 2018 tournament.

NICE — French writer Dominique Lapierre, who was celebrated for his novels about the World War II struggle to liberate Paris and depicting a life of hardship in a Kolkata slum, has died.

MOMBASA — Scientists around the world are warning governments who will be gathering in Montreal this week for the United Nations biodiversity summit to not repeat past mistakes and are urging officials to “avoid trade-offs” between people and conservation needs in a report Monday.

TRIPOLIS - Over 200 projects are included in the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Region of the Peloponnese for 2030, totalling 5.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.