Ankara fears Greece and Egypt will ‘corner’ Turkey
The intention of Greece and Egypt to delineate their exclusive economic zones (EEZ) will lead to the “cornering” of Turkey in the Mediterranean, making it vulnerable to an “invasion” from Crete, according to Turkey’s pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak.
The report was published after this week’s trilateral summit between the leaders of Greece, Egypt and Cyprus on the island of Crete.
The paper said the marine zone that Athens and Cairo want to demarcate, starting southeast of Crete, would drastically curb Turkey’s prospects in the Mediterranean and block its access to the region’s natural resources.
The plan, it said, would “condemn” Turkey to around 41 cubic kilometers, noting that the country is entitled to triple that area with a zone that borders Egypt’s EEZ, separating Greece from Cyprus. It said Greece’s zone will infringe on areas under Libya’s jurisdiction, and called for Ankara to coordinate with Tripoli to scupper the plans of Athens and Cairo.