Germany warns Turkey to stop provocation in Eastern Mediterranean

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that Turkey should refrain from provocation in the gas dispute in the eastern Mediterranean.

Maas said that Turkey has to end the interplay between detente and provocation if the government is interested in talks – as it has repeatedly said, adding Germany stood in solidarity with Cyprus and Greece as EU partners.

Maas will be visiting Cyprus and Greece.

He appealed to Turkey to remain open for talks and called on Ankara not to resume gas exploration in the more controversial sea areas.

Monday a Turkish ship set sail to carry out seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean, prompting Greece to issue a new demand for European Union sanctions on Ankara in a row over offshore exploration rights.