Germany’s foreign minister has called for tensions to de-escalate between Greece and Turkey, saying that a “spark could lead to a disaster”.
The two NATO allies have come to blows over energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea and are both set to carry out rival navy drills.
Euronews is reporting that both Greece and Turkey have put their militaries on high alert and have sent warships to shadow each other in a dispute that has drawn in the European Union.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany and the whole of the EU stood by Greece.
The Turkish government disputes Greece’s claim to exclusive rights in the waters where Turkey’s Oruc Reis research vessel is now surveying. Turkey is also prospecting for hydrocarbons in waters where Cyprus claims exclusive economic rights.
Last week Turkey announced the discovery of a new gas field in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey had already dispatched a drilling ship, Kanuni, with 35 personnel on board.
The move by the Turkish President has led to a further escalation of tension with the European Union especially with EU states Greece and Cyprus.