In the analysis published in the Greek newspaper To Vima, it was claimed that the United States of America intends to play the role of mediator to determine the areas of maritime jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean.
Unnamed United States of America Based on the sources, the analysis suggested that seismic surveys southwest of Crete could be a catalyst for new developments in the area.
Also in the analysis, the United States of America, in the eastern Mediterranean, in order to ensure the use of energy resources in the region, GreeceAnd the Turkey It was claimed that he was ready to take some initiatives, including mediation between Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot side to define the jurisdiction’s maritime areas.
The newspaper mentioned that Amos Hochstein, an energy advisor at the US State Department, who played an important role in the agreement between Lebanon and Israel, could be a potential mediator.
Seismic survey south and west of Crete
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on November 7 that ExxonMobil will begin seismic surveys on two plots in the Peloponnese and southwest Crete.
Greece is going to conduct seismic surveys on November 8 with the ship named “SANCO SWIFT” in the west and southwest of the Ionian Sea and the island of Crete. navtex published.
Ta Nea newspaper reported, quoting unnamed sources, that ExxonMobil has evaluated the possibility of submitting a drilling attempt in the south of Crete with the Greek company Hellenic Energy, and that if the two-dimensional seismic surveys conducted in the south of Crete revealed, as a result, the claim was made You can make an attempt to dig directly without going into 3D.
Removing the territorial waters of Crete to a distance of 12 miles
While the Greek press has repeatedly come up with claims that Greece could expand its territorial waters to 12 miles south and west of Crete, it has been claimed that March 2023 will be the date for action for Athens.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias have argued several times that this decision can be taken when it serves national interests.
Turkey’s reaction to the extension of territorial waters to 12 miles in the Aegean Sea
Regarding the news that the territorial waters will rise to 12 miles around Crete, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “We do not allow the territorial waters to be extended even one mile in the Aegean Sea. The decision taken by our Assembly in 1995 on this issue is clear and indisputable. Still valid. We warn Greece again: Do not pursue false heroism by relying on what they are trying to win back. Do not go on an adventure. It will not end well for you!” he said.
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