Ankara, August 27
Turkey on Thursday accused France of stoking tensions within the japanese Mediterranean, the place NATO allies Turkey and Greece are locked in a stiff standoff over competing claims over offshore vitality exploration rights.
The accusation got here as European Union international ministers have been set to fulfill in Berlin as they attempt to persuade EU-member Greece and its neighbour Turkey to tug again from the brink of a battle. The ministers have been anticipated to debate a spread of sanctions and different coverage choices which may persuade Turkey to mood its insistence on drilling for vitality reserves in disputed elements of the japanese Mediterranean. Germany has engaged in shuttle diplomacy between Athens and Ankara to defuse the tensions, whereas US President Donald Trump on Wednesday had separate phone calls with the leaders of Greece and Turkey. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg additionally mentioned he was in “constant contact” with Greece and Turkey. “My message is that the situation must be resolved in a spirit of allied solidarity and in line with international law,” Stoltenberg mentioned as he met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. “Dialogue and de-escalation are in all people’s curiosity.”— AP