Ankara fears Greece and Egypt will ‘cor­ner’ Turkey

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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.

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