Turkey and Greece to restart discussions

Turkey and Greece agreed to restart discussions over the contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean region. This agreement comes after weeks of tensions that culminated in a collision between their warships, following a four year impasse.

The talks broke off in 2016 after 60 rounds that made little progress over 14 years. In a statement, the Greek Foreign Ministry said that talks will resume in “the near future” in Istanbul

A senior Turkish official said that the talks could begin by the end of the month, describing the developments as positive.

Tensions flared last month after Ankara sent its Oruc Reis seismic survey ship into disputed waters, escorted by gunboats, to map out sea territory for possible oil and gas drilling.