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US Won’t Back Greece Airspace Corridors Despite Turkish Violations

November 11, 2020

While backing Greece's claims to seas boundaries – but agreeing with Turkey they are “disputed,” – the United States isn't supporting Greece's defined air space repeatedly violated by Turkish fighter jets.

The US State Department said, it can't verify confirmed violations after Jan. 1, 2017 because there's no consensus on the air space area over Greece, according to a report to Congress prepared in the context of the East Med Act.

The report states that Greece claims an airspace that extends up to 10 nautical miles and a territorial sea of up to six nautical miles, said Kathimerini.

“Under international law, a country’s airspace coincides with its territorial sea. The US thus recognizes an airspace up to six nautical miles consistent with territorial sea. Greece and the US do not share a view on the extent of Greece’s airspace,” which essentially means the US won't back Greece over Turkish fighter jets between 6-10 miles over Greek territories and seas.

The report adds that although Athens currently claims up to a 6-nautical-mile territorial sea in the Aegean, “Greece and its neighbors have not agreed on boundary delimitation in those areas where their lawful maritime entitlements overlap,” the US trying to simultaneously please both Greece and Turkey.

“Lack of such delimitation means there is no clarity on the extent of Greece’s territorial sea and corresponding airspace in these areas rendering any assessment of total violations not feasible,” the report said.

The State Department report said Washington encourages Greece and Turkey “to resolve outstanding bilateral maritime boundary issues peacefully and in accordance with international law.”

The US has claimed to back Greece's right to drill for oil and gas in its seas but Turkey is claiming some of those waters under a maritime deal with Libya no other country recognizes.

The Turkish energy research vessel the Oruc Reis and Turkish warships are near the Greek island of Kastellorizo and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to have drilling done off the island of Crete, where the US Navy has a base on Souda Bay there.

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