Can Turkey and Greece avoid armed conflict in the Mediterranean? | Inside Story

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Greece and Turkey are at odds over a host of issues. But the latest has pushed them closer to a military confrontation.
Turkey’s signed a deal with Libya that maps out a boundary in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, but in the middle is the Greek island of Crete.
There are fears the agreement will also further complicate disputes over drilling for yet-untapped oil and gas in waters around the ethnically-divided island nation of Cyprus.
Israel and Egypt are also involved in this increasingly bitter controversy.
The maritime boundary separates what Turkey and Libya have agreed will be their Exclusive Economic Zones.
They say this gives them full rights to exploit natural resources including oil and gas.
Presenter: Halla Mohieddine
Ege Seckin, Political Risk Analyst focusing on Turkey at IHS Markit.
Matthew Bryza, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center and a former U.S. diplomat.
Anas El Gomati, General Director of the Sadeq Institute
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Serko Kaya
Serko Kaya Πριν 20 ώρες
well destroy egypte isreal and greece the axes of devil. no1 can stop turkey to protect its rights. dont play games with us
Alp Yener
Alp Yener Πριν 2 ημέρες
well and fairly presented.
Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin Πριν 3 ημέρες
Huh water borders cause problems more them waters without borders or more like international waters
George Hatzigeorgiou
George Hatzigeorgiou Πριν 4 ημέρες
Objective Journalism from Lidl in Germany. No Greek Cypriot representation? How much will do you get from the wannabe "Sultan"?
gg1275 Πριν 5 ημέρες
Tayip isolated and unhappy will now have to find an honorable exit.
Blaize Spyro
Blaize Spyro Πριν 5 ημέρες
Al Rubish tv....
Glascoe Bowie
Glascoe Bowie Πριν 6 ημέρες
Solar energy and wind energy was used in ancient Egypt you could have used it a long time ago before you f_ck the planet up
Glascoe Bowie
Glascoe Bowie Πριν 6 ημέρες
President Trump broke the peace treaty put forth by Former president Barack Obama
Adrian UK
Adrian UK Πριν 6 ημέρες
Greedy Greece wants it all for themselves 😂 as if other neighboring countries would just stand back and let them take it.. i honestly think Turkey shouldn’t back down, neither others, your share is your share and therefore you need to claim it regardless wether Greedy Greece likes it or not.. 🤷🏻‍♂️
Konstantinia Ntontou
Konstantinia Ntontou Πριν 7 ημέρες
Ο Τούρκος Κίτσι κακό ίδιος δεν φοβόμαστε πότες
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu Πριν 7 ημέρες
Love To Greece from 🇮🇱
mamuli 62
mamuli 62 Πριν 7 ημέρες
The subject is the issue of which countries exist and how much in the East Mediterranean. Anyone looking at the map can easily see. .The mainland of Greece is a land country with a Aegean sea on one side and an Ionian Sea on the other. In addition, Greece's 3-4 islands, including the island of Crete and Rhodes, are at the exit of the Aegean Sea. There is also the island of Meis, which is a part of Greece. This island is 10 square kilometers wide; 2 kilometers from the coast of Turkey. It is 500 km from Greece. About 500 people live on it. Turkey fully in the Eastern Mediterranean, 783 562 square kilometers, 85 million people live in the area. Turkey has 1577 kilometers of coastline in the Mediterranean. The problem between the two states is this: Greece states that the islands are territorial waters and continental shelf and defends that they have the right to EEZ. Turkey has the right to territorial waters of the island. However, these are not continents. These are islands. Islands do not have a continental shelf. Therefore, he says the islands do not have the right to MEB. Greece's claim: Although the island of Kastellorizo is 10 square kilometers, the EEZ right is 40,000 square kilometers. Turkey's claim: This is nonsense. And it's illegal. An example of the application in the world: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Jethou Islands, which are located in the English Channel between England and France, have been under the control of England since 1066 with a population of approximately 170,000. The problem of the continental shelf of the islands, which brought France and England against each other due to the oil deposits in the region, could only be resolved in court. In the court, Britain argued that the size of the island s does not matter, just as Greece does today, and that the sea border with France should be determined by taking this into account. France, on the other hand, stated that Britain's demand for equidistant borders based on the islands would reduce the French continental shelf in favor of Britain, and that this claim was completely disproportionate to the size of the islands and the length of their coasts. Defending that the equidistant border would divide its continental shelf into 2 separate regions, France suggested that the borders of the Channel Islands, territorial waters and the continental shelf should be determined as 6 miles, 3 miles each. Announcing its decision on June 30, 1977, the court ruled mostly in favor of France. Deciding that the line between the two sides should be drawn from the middle of the English Channel from the mainland, the court restricted the continental shelf of the Channel Islands to 12 miles. The court thus concluded that the islands would not be a continental shelf larger than 12 miles, while France was also able to maintain its continental shelf. France, despite this decision is in favor of today, Turkey 2, while Greece 582 kilometers from the island of Meis of size with a disproportionate continental shelf that Athens supports the lead time with, defending it for years to England and international courts largely accepted contradicts the theses submitted.
Poor Turkey is left out of The East Med pipeline !! I feel so sorry !!!
Zisis Karampaglidis
Zisis Karampaglidis Πριν 9 ημέρες
TO PARAPHRASE DONALD RUMSFELD: "It's a pity that God put ×Turkey's× oil under other people's land and water" TERRITORIAL WATERS: Why is Turkey describing the possibility of Greece extending its Territorial Waters in the Aegean to 12nm as "casus belli" when Turkey has already extended its TWs to 12nm in the Black Sea? EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OF THE GREEK ISLAND GROUP OF KASTELORIZO: Turkey says that Kastelorizo is too small, too far away from the Greek mainland and too close to the Turkish mainland to have an 'EEZ' in favour of Greece... that it should in essence disclaim its Greek sovereign rights. Applying the same 'logic' to Copenhagen, one could argue that the Swedish sovereign rights of the small capital of Sweden could be disputed because it happens to be located *ON* the mainland of Denmark! Totally laughable 😂 INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE: Why does Turkey refuse to resolve its disputes with Greece in a peaceful and civilised manner at the highest authority of International Law, The Hague? Greece has been proposing this for decades
Ergun Bozcin
Ergun Bozcin Πριν 6 ημέρες
wtfhabib wtfhabib
wtfhabib wtfhabib Πριν 11 ημέρες
Turkey Isis supporters love Greece from Lebanon Syria and Australia
Maria Batsouri
Maria Batsouri Πριν 12 ημέρες
Al Jazeera is a Qatari channel. Qatar has a turkish military base there. Qatar is the most important economical supporter of Turkey. Do the math.
L S Πριν 13 ημέρες
Al Jazeera is funded by Qatar, who is also an ally and funder of Turkey. This is why this is so biased in favour of Turkey.
ALFA ΩMEGA Πριν 14 ημέρες
All started with Turkish government run by greed and hide personal financial scandals. Greece stand in this waters for thousands of years and repelled all intruders. I cant believe what I am hearing from these reporters. Turkey has no right over the Greek islands which have real people that Turkey eraze from the map just because is hungry for natural resources. Turkish government is rude. listen to what they say what is the reason Greece is not happy and they answer that the pipeline is the reason??? Forget the pipe line this is a distruction. The reason is Turkey came to Greek waters to steal and get the loot. Something Turks are born to do according to history. If this is not the case they would be still in Mongolia. However they went far enough. Turkey is in financial dead end, with open conflict with the curds, the egyptians the saudi arabians the cypriots the french among others the least they want is to fight a war that they dont have a chance. Dont get me wrong I understand the power of Turkey is gigantic but sometimes all it needs is a hit with a sling shot from a young determined lad. I would return to Greece to fight even if I am an immigrant in foreign country for 9 years. Come and get it Turks. All I know is that since BREXIT Turkey start to dance. Guess who is behind all this. Got you.
cq33xx Πριν 14 ημέρες
The two of the guests have unacceptable views but no hard feelings for them, that Matthew Bryza I can't stand that one Matthew Bryza United States diplomat. On August 23, 2007, he married Zeyno Baran, from whom he has a daughter. He lives with his family in Istanbul, Turkey.
cq33xx Πριν 14 ημέρες
12:37 Guests represent ''one side views'' but Al Jazeera host is puting the obvious in to the table, we have to point it out
Tertadiastatos Πριν 14 ημέρες
We wait you we Born for this we fight with Honor;) You shall Not Pass Greece is Waiting you .....;)
ed b
ed b Πριν 15 ημέρες
Remember Neville Chamberlain and Édouard Daladier.
A_xxta FN
A_xxta FN Πριν 16 ημέρες
Greece is scared of TURKISH army you try to sink 1 of our ships then we will sink all of your country simple.
Dorian Philotheates
Dorian Philotheates Πριν 18 ημέρες
17:10 - Now I’m not saying this is a barefaced lie; but I do think this “expert” is intentionally hiding vital facts that bear upon the question, and otherwise playing very fast and loose with the truth. But he’s NOT lying, exactly...his brand of truth is like the pronouncement that someone is “just a bit” pregnant or dead; one can certainly appreciate distinctions in the temporal progression and magnitude of the condition, but so far as say, an obstetrician or a coroner is concerned, such modifiers still do not alter the real state of affairs.
Dorian Philotheates
Dorian Philotheates Πριν 18 ημέρες
I wish my parents would emulate Greece’s example with the Libyan ambassador: expel my millennial sister from their home, and give her seventy-two hours to leave the country.
Dorian Philotheates
Dorian Philotheates Πριν 16 ημέρες
Erol Sobutay - Yes...
Erol Sobutay
Erol Sobutay Πριν 16 ημέρες
you have hateful heart consider humanity little girl.
Dorian Philotheates
Dorian Philotheates Πριν 18 ημέρες
I’m certainly impressed by Al Jazeera’s equanimity here - a good sprinkling of eminent Greek and Greek-Cypriot panelists. As always, glad for the measured, objective, balanced journalism. Bravo!
Dorian Philotheates
Dorian Philotheates Πριν 18 ημέρες
Turkey has been in violation of every principle of international law, and wronging Greece and Cyprus for many decades. Justified as Greece is to defend it’s national sovereignty and honour against an unappeasable aggressor, the issues as presented are merely pretexts. The real causus belli lies in the nature of the Greek people themselves: we cannot long live without war and be happy; the fact that this one will be against our traditional foe is a bonus. The outcome doesn’t really matter - so long as we’re at war, the Greeks are at peace with themselves and with the world. So, President Erdogan, please, please, make the first move (Greeks like to take the moral high ground, so as to feel like we’re acting purely in self-defence - this also tends to render better military results).
Dorian Philotheates
Dorian Philotheates Πριν 16 ημέρες
Erol Sobutay - Thanks, man.
Erol Sobutay
Erol Sobutay Πριν 16 ημέρες
@Dorian Philotheates scoobe do to you to,BOY
Dorian Philotheates
Dorian Philotheates Πριν 16 ημέρες
Erol Sobutay - Semper ubi sub ubi to you, too.
Erol Sobutay
Erol Sobutay Πριν 16 ημέρες
how do you know that because you said so just to remind you all those islands including your country was turkeys one time before if there not violating the rules or the laws they can do whatever they want.what they need to do sit down on the table and discuss the problem????right,maybe they can help each other you never know.semper fi.
David Ramadeen
David Ramadeen Πριν 18 ημέρες
OBVIOUSLY. TURKEY AND LIBYA IS CONSPIRING TOGETHER, because of the OIL$. There is no other reason. GREECE rights cannot be exploited because of MONEY CONSPIRACY between TURKEY AND LIBYA and who knows. The world is not so stupid in this day and age.
Paul Niotis
Paul Niotis Πριν 18 ημέρες
Watching this in September ' 20..... and laughing out loud to all the "expert" opinions. Things not going too well for Erdolf lately, huh? Btw, Qatar.... You better disengage from that Turkey love affair. When the ships go down, all rats on board drown as well.
TSDamiano G
TSDamiano G Πριν 20 ημέρες
If turkey stop bulling Grecce i think not
Yiannis Yiannis
Yiannis Yiannis Πριν 21 ημέρα
A smaller Turkey solves many problems in the region. And it benefits everyone "EU USA Russia China - and to Democracy on East " A smaller Turkey. This solve all problems on East.
Yiannis Yiannis
Yiannis Yiannis Πριν 13 ημέρες
@Gasman Gasssssss Greece is not Turkey. Turkey has many internal problems. Nearly 20 million Kurds without the right to study in their own language.
Gasman Gasssssss
Gasman Gasssssss Πριν 19 ημέρες
Yiannis Yiannis ..............Greece would love a smaller Turkey but Turkey is bigger and stronger than ever before
Sophie B
Sophie B Πριν 21 ημέρα
The agreement between turkey and libya is is invalid and illegal.
Alex Oku
Alex Oku Πριν 22 ημέρες
Greece try to steal from Turkey with European help in eastern mediterranean,That will never happen, Turkish people (84 million) support their government 95% after black sea naturel gaz discovery. Greece is european puppet and playing dangerous game..
Andreas Marcatos
Andreas Marcatos Πριν 23 ημέρες
Al Jazeera, Quatars puppet show
cretan greek
cretan greek Πριν 23 ημέρες
Aegean sea(αιγεο πελαγος).no gas for u turks sorry.
Nik D
Nik D Πριν 23 ημέρες
They have no clue what's going on! Turkey has sent warships in Greek territory, and they are discussing it like there is something to discuss here. Matthew Bryza has no clue of what is going on! I mean the guy is an Alien from another solar system!! you can learn a lot more regarding the conflict from a charwoman. He has no clue about the subject and he smiles to cover his ignorance, or he is afraid to speak the truth since he is in Turkey and doesn't want to go through a Midnight Express... You don't have to go through the whole history when the Turkish army invaded Cyprus and slaughtered and kicked out of their homes Greek-Cypriot civilians, and occupy illegally Cyprus until today, no ... no need. you have to go from the moment when they tried to unify Cyprus by legalizing the occupation the home theft and the genocide, and the bad Greek Cypriots torpedo that agreement.... You know how deep the cell of the Midnight Express will be if you speak the truth.
Michel Fradin
Michel Fradin Πριν 23 ημέρες
Turkey' is a Great country but President Erdogan should avoid a confrontation in the western Mediterranean which would be a disaster to everybody ! Turkey' would have to face not only Greece, but also Egypt, France, Italy and presumably Israel...whilst Russia would happily applause discretely the " show"...So what does Turkey would gain to such a military confrontation ? Reason and Intelligence should prevail on childish behavior ! Turkey deserves better than such a nightmare !
Ο άλλος Καλός
Ο άλλος Καλός Πριν 24 ημέρες
Turkey = islamofascist rogue state
Mary A
Mary A Πριν 25 ημέρες
Another biased quality propaganda from Al Jazeera
Stavros Nicolaou
Stavros Nicolaou Πριν 25 ημέρες
Never forget: Al Jazeera is financed by the Qatari goverment who also support the Turks in their jihadist and muslim brotherhood activities and their expandionist policies. Don't epect neutrality here
Stavros Nicolaou
Stavros Nicolaou Πριν 19 ημέρες
@Gasman Gasssssss It is shocking that thhere are so many naive people in Turkey. That is why Erdogan can mislead a nation of 35 million 1. I never talked about ENOSIS. It suits the Greek nation to have two states at the moment (if you know the difference between a state and a nation 2. The Greek economy is admittedly weak at the moment but the Turkih lira is 10:1 against the British pound compared to 4:1 last year. This for you is an indication of Turkish economic power. Should I say that the word stupidity springs to mind or is it obvious? 3. The Grek police do not use petrol so that the Greek pilots can use it all to poke fun at your karakioz pilots. Also Greek people go to bed starving every night 4. Greece want piece, they do not want to dictate. Turkey wants to do that but they cannot. Erdogan thought he would go for by bluffing and threatening. Now he realises what he is up against. He is desperate because he cannot deliver his megalomaniacal promises and he does not want to explain it to the people because he will be exposed as the empty headed idiot he is. Because of this he is dangerous, both to us and much more to you. He threatens all around him, he presses, he gives you heroic ( but empty, meaniingless ) spee hes but he does not strike. I know why, do you? Disaster for Turkey and Erdogan to the gallows
Gasman Gasssssss
Gasman Gasssssss Πριν 19 ημέρες
@Stavros Nicolaou Your economy is zero and your police can't afford to put fuel in their cars , the IMF have destroyed Greece , you are not in a position to dictate to Turkey
Stavros Nicolaou
Stavros Nicolaou Πριν 19 ημέρες
@Gasman Gasssssss Carry on dreaming. If you believe Erdogan's desperate rhetoric you cannot be very clever.
Gasman Gasssssss
Gasman Gasssssss Πριν 19 ημέρες
@Stavros Nicolaou ENOSIS is finished just like your economy , we did not forget and now its payback
Stavros Nicolaou
Stavros Nicolaou Πριν 21 ημέρα
@sadri khalilov who gave you the right to appear amongst humans? If I thought you couid understand I would give you an answer. But I know I would bo wasting my time
tamoghna das
tamoghna das Πριν 25 ημέρες
Comeon guys, FIGHT !!
Truth Hurts
Truth Hurts Πριν 26 ημέρες
A stable Libya means no more stealing, this is why the west won't help Libya, now Turkey comes and stops the stealing......Turkey wins👍
Life Like
Life Like Πριν 29 ημέρες
translate from google and my opinion : Peace be upon you, my brother, with my deep respect for your channel, and with my respect for Turkey and with my respect for Egypt, but there is information in international law, and information for the international custom that is expected to be, that any island on the surface of the sea, no matter how large or small, has no sea limit to which you demand, Rather, the right is always due to the countries that formed on the coast thousands of years ago, which have the right to share the seas in proportion to its division of the text, which represent a parity between it and the opposite country, and since the Mediterranean is not of opposite countries, but rather countries sharing the sea, the issue is relative sharing, moving away From the point of the coast to the depth of the sea between neighboring and opposite countries, until they reach a fair division, according to the sea front that each country possesses, and which determines this, the engineering visions 100%, so the island of Cyprus or any Greek island, no matter how large or small, has no right In maritime sharing up to 1 mm, from the sea, but it has the right to land that it owns only as a benefit and not as sovereign, but there are only linguistic concepts that are used that we may not understand, but they support my words, when the Turks talk about the continental dimension, they intend and affirm in Uh, the relative sharing of the sea for all neighboring and opposite countries, as I explained above, and it is correct as an international law and a prevailing custom among countries, and as for what Greece or Egypt or other countries go to, it is media play, no more or less, it is not reasonable that there are people living on the island and the island This would be a counterpart to a country, in a certain historical period, to seize the sea of ​​this state, otherwise an international war would take place, each country would liquidate and expel everyone on the islands opposite it in order to preserve its national interests, so the closest and prevailing opinion in international law and custom is appropriate and reality, It is that the islands do not own the sea but rather the land, and the countries on the land and the coast and the participation in the continent, are the ones that have the right to share the seas because they are the origin and the owner of the sovereignty as a people, this may not exist in international law and it may exist, but, if it does not exist, it is a Western colonial desire of peoples The world, and the Western countries understand this, whether they state or not, but as a preliminary study, this is correct, and international disputes may take place that deny the island’s land from possessing oil, gas and other mineral wealth rights for the island’s residents, because the land is sovereign. In order for the island to be located, it is originally owned by the state on land and to participate in the continent, but the natural right is to benefit from living rights, such as hunting and agriculture, and others, similar to any plot of land that the government gives or sells to a foreign party, which has a simple usufruct, not a sovereign right Of the riches, and if most of the western islands in the world are known and documented that they are the product of the wars that they took and confiscated from global peoples, during the First and Second World War, or during colonial time stages, then the reality and locations of these islands demonstrate the coexistence of the people of these islands with their interests and their daily life with land The main and mainland and the country that owns the continent, meaning that it is subordinate to this state, and it is considered a host or guest party, it has the right of usufruct and not the right of sovereignty, regardless of the language and customs of the islanders, the origin is the original, and it is the owner and the main component of this region or coast, by success.
Cyclop Πριν 29 ημέρες
Imagine a quarrelsome neighbor wandering in your neighborhood holding a gun and ringing the bells of other houses shouting that his house is quite narrow and he should be given some rooms from other houses. He asks his neighbors for concessions while he targets them with his gun. This type of Ottoman “war diplomacy” is reminiscent of Hitler's behavior shortly before the start of World War II The new sultan of the peculiar "Islamic Democracy of Turkey" must do something good for his people and for human rights in his country, instead of constantly pushing his people into wars and invasions as he did with Cyprus, Iraq, Syria and Libyaa
ground 0
ground 0 Πριν 23 ημέρες
@அவானி உயர்ந்தது stolen from whom?
Orto Doxus
Orto Doxus Πριν 28 ημέρες
@அவானி உயர்ந்தது But they weren't, Greece exists there for 5000 years, Turks migrated from Asia fairly recently and conquered everyone, so Turkey stole land that doesn't belong to them, Turks are from central Asia not Anatolia
அவானி உயர்ந்தது
Maybe those houses were built on stolen and unfairly occupied lands, how about that 😁
We need peace Get over it.
We need peace Get over it. Πριν μήνα
Libya would of been another iraq afganistan if it wasnt for Turkey Libya and turkey have 500 years of close relationship
We need peace Get over it.
We need peace Get over it. Πριν μήνα
Greek israil Egypt with out Turkey Signed agreement Than turkey signed agreement with legitimate Libya Greece signed a agreement with hafter The terrorist Who is dealing right and who is working with terrorist Greece is doing a big mistake look what they tryibg to claim Turkish waters. Greece is trying to create conflicts look at France where is france?
Yu Kay
Yu Kay Πριν μήνα
eu is trying really hard to make greeks as a human shield. poor Greece. XD
Judge Magister
Judge Magister Πριν μήνα
The more you give to the Turk the more the Turk will take from you. Best to leave them on the steppe, its more suited for hardy people. The Turks had a choice btw when they became Turkey, islands in the Aegean sea or the European side at the Marmaris sea and chooce the latter, so fair deal stick with it. On a final note why would we even seek for oil still? Plastics kill the oceans and gasses suffocate the air.
nick speris
nick speris Πριν μήνα
Typical response from a Muslim Chanel
Jhon Smith
Jhon Smith Πριν μήνα
Boycot Turkey ! Don't go there ,don't buy anything ! Stop supplying this terrorist state !
Solar wind
Solar wind Πριν μήνα
it is "inside story", not "debate story" !
Mirko Πριν μήνα
Now is the time to bring back Konstantinopol!!!
Nihat Bahar
Nihat Bahar Πριν μήνα
Greece 50 kg Turkey 250 kg 🤣🤣🤣
Hansheng Zhou
Hansheng Zhou Πριν μήνα
I love it when you have multiple biases instead of 2 biases.
Hariklia Plastourgos
Hariklia Plastourgos Πριν μήνα
badman 21
badman 21 Πριν μήνα
Turkeys is now creating a maritine border with Japan & Alaska!!
kaan durmuşlar
kaan durmuşlar Πριν μήνα
Well i actually wish we could set up an agreement to apply common EEZ continental shelf and etc because all we do right now is to light whole place up which bringing in no investment, it would have been so good for both countries and so lucrative businesses would develop and countries would swim with money but no we have to fight with you. This viewpoint will definitely be understood later on as qatar itself set a precedent with Iran.
Lewis C.
Lewis C. Πριν μήνα
This is a war between Christianity and Islam!! We need another crusade!! Always support our Christian brothers!! Islam is the enemy!!!
Turkey’s current leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan creates a crisis every month with different countries as a way to fan nationalism and religious extremism at home and distract from mishandling of the economy. Last November Turkey signed a deal with the embattled government of Tripoli in Libya and laid claim to a massive swath of the Mediterranean. Turkey set itself on a collision course with Egypt, Greece and Europe over its new claims. But this is what Ankara wanted and why it continues to go forward this week with new crises on the water. How does the ‘crisis-of-the-month’ strategy work for Ankara. Every month the leadership chooses either a new invasion of Iraq, or Syria, or to push up against Greece or Egypt or Cyprus, to stir the pot. For instance on June 15 Ankara launched Operation Claw-Eagle, bombing villages across northern Iraq claiming to be “neutralizing PKK militants.” There is no evidence that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had carried out any recent attacks. Turkey simply began bombing with F-16s and drones because it needed to keep the military doing something every month. Ever since a July 2016 coup Ankara has been using the military as much as possible to keep it fighting somewhere. For instance it invaded Syria with Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016 and 2017. Then in January 2018 it invaded peaceful Afrin, in northern Syria, causing 160,000 Kurds to flee. Afrin is now a center of human trafficking and ethnic cleansing where minorities have been forced to leave by Turkish-backed Syrian rebel extremists. After 2018 Turkey then began the invasion of northern Syria’s Tel Abyad in October 2019. Then it signed the Libya deal and began to heat up its roles in Idlib, northern Iraq, Libya and the crisis at sea. Turkey sent drones and soldiers to Libya in December 2019. In April it helped rout the forces of the Libya National Army and Egypt had to threaten to intervene in June and July to stop Turkey. Meanwhile Turkey had fought the Syrian regime in Idlib in February and March and pressured Russia toward a new deal, asking for more S-400 air defense systems. Then Turkey shifted focus to Iraq in June and then to converting the historic Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. It then said it would “liberate Al-Aqsa” in Jerusalem, perhaps hinting at a new crisis with Israel. But before targeting Israel, Turkey sought to push its claims in the Mediterranean. This had already caused a domino effect, causing Greece, Egypt, the UAE and France to come together to condemn Turkey’s aggression. Then Greece and Egypt signed a deal on August 6. This deal cuts the Libya-Turkey water deal in half. It also comes after Israel, Cyprus and Greece signed a deal in January for a pipeline and then finalized aspects of that deal in July. Turkey is sending its navy to sea with drilling and survey ships this week to challenge these deals and put its facts on the ground. Turkey sent the Oruc Reis ship to conduct “survey activity” far in the Mediterranean between Cyprus and Crete. Turkey says it will “defend the rights” of itself and Northern Cyprus, an unrecognized country that Turkey factors into its claims at sea. Turkey’s far-right nationalist foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is known for tweeting that Europeans are “spoiled racist children, who should know their place” went to Beirut this over the weekend to try to push Ankara’s agenda in the wake of the explosion there and then met Azerbaijan’s foreign minister. Now he says Greece has not reciprocated Ankara’s calls for discussions. Turkey will thus send ships where it likes. European Union countries, which are afraid of Turkey because they pay Turkey billions of euros to keep refugees from coming to Europe since 2015, have nevertheless critiqued Ankara’s actions in the Mediterranean. Turkey has sent the Oruc Reis, a large seismic research vessel that looks like a floating whale to conduct “research” at sea. This is a research mission with a lot of military muscle behind it. Turkey issued a “Navtex” to warn countries where the vessel was going and then sent the Oruc Reis, two logistic vessels and three frigates, gunboats and several submarines to sea. To stoke nationalism Turkey’s media shows the box-like research boat surrounded by the pride of Turkish naval ships. It looks to some like a historic naval move, conjuring up memories of the battle of Lepanto and other naval spats with the West and Greece. Athens is livid. Greece says it won’t accept NATO’s “hands-off approach” and it wants more European countries to do something to stop the provocations. It has already had to sound alarm bells due to Turkey’s harassment of the tiny Greece island of Kastellorizo in the last months. The US State Department, despite many pro-Turkey voices like former Ambassador Jim Jeffrey present, has said it is concerned. There is a lot of naval posturing with Turkish ships sailing near Greek islands off the coast of Turkey, and Greece talking about alerts and putting naval ships to sea. Egypt also had a naval exercise. Turkey says it has new missiles for its ships. The current crisis at sea looks to be a lot of posturing that will give Ankara’s pro-government press and state media something to write about. Ankara is the largest jailer of journalists in the world so its media is entirely sympathetic to the ruling AK Party. Dissidents in Turkey are often imprisoned for years just for critiquing the government on social media, often labeled “terrorists.” There is no check on the militarist decisions in Ankara, and Ankara knows that weekly military drills or appearing to be challenging Greece, Egypt, Iraq, the PKK, EU, NATO, Syria, the US and basically everyone, makes Turkey’s leadership seem important. This comes as Turkey’s currency continues a disastrous decline and questions are raised about its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The stories of drilling, where a research ship is sent with a massive naval escort, may be more about distracting from the economic crisis than actually fighting Greece at sea. Ankara’s track record shows that it usually uses Syrian rebels to fight for it in Libya and Syria and only conducts military campaigns against those who can’t shoot back, such as Kurds in northern Iraq, when it comes up against an Egyptian red line in Libya or Russia in Syria, it generally stops. It’s unclear where that red line may be in the Mediterranean. Ankara is trying to find out.
murat levent
murat levent Πριν μήνα
Strong Turkey and Turkish nation means no more bully, thats why the rest is crying. Turkish always was fair with their ruling! Not like colonizing countries.
Precious Glimpses Roundhay
Precious Glimpses Roundhay Πριν μήνα
Size of an island 2 kilometres diameter cant override 800 kilometres of a main land Marie times international maritime law says the same thing. Small islands cant override mainland boundaries the fact is Gereece is another 800 to 1000 km away from this tiny little island which is 1 km to Turkeys mainland cant have more than 1 km EE zone therefore Greece cant dicdate Turkeys boundaries from that far. Sayying opposite would be an act of war . Greece is trying to dicdate this by the encourage of EUROPEAN UNION because Turkeys boundaries would be an obstacle for israil Egypts gas pipeline towards Italy . Also France want to be involved in this stuation even though it has no right to involve never mind commenting on it.
Antonis Ps
Antonis Ps Πριν μήνα
Dear Turks our islands have borders and no matter what propaganda your president feed you, trying to make agean sea yours is unjustified and despite the fact that i don't hate Turkish people if you try to bully your way through Agean we ll fight back. In all our history we were outnumbered and with no guns, but now we have modern military and you wont fight against unarmed civillians to throw them to the sea, iam mentally prepared to meet my end and it will be for justice because we ve been in the agean sea since ancient times while you will fight and die for your urge to grow and rule others. So as my ancestors said Μολὼν λαβέ
My Space
My Space Πριν μήνα
Oil is not going to be the liquid gold of the future, today's advancing technology proves that.
shut beak
shut beak Πριν μήνα
next week: turkey spins an atlas .. closes his eyes. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAND claims where ever his finger lands on the map WOW
shut beak
shut beak Πριν 24 ημέρες
@Ufuk but i dont mean that its bad that the word is devided.. its good that the worldl is divided. globalism ios bad,, and that is the enemy maybe. i bleilive that God divided the people since the tower of babel.. just to clarify that i did not mean every one should be one- outside of Jesus Lord. God bless
shut beak
shut beak Πριν 24 ημέρες
@Ufuk God willing Ufuk
Ufuk Πριν 25 ημέρες
it's so dissapointing.. our relationship i hope it will be better one day
shut beak
shut beak Πριν 25 ημέρες
@Ufuk i dont know the circumstances.. but the world has been divided into territories ... after many things.. such as wars in history.. good or bad .. maybe? i dont know,, but what do you suggest now? just give it to turkey and take it away? God bless anyway
Ufuk Πριν 25 ημέρες
uhm greece took %99 of the mediteranian sea so it's fair to you ?
Aydin Ataturk
Aydin Ataturk Πριν μήνα
Allahu fuckbar Jihadmaster69
Inshallah they will have peace...once we invade Greece and convert them to the religion of peaaacce
Stratos Mastrogiannidis
Stratos Mastrogiannidis Πριν μήνα
Try it and we might convert u to the ethnic greek religion aka the twelve gods of olympus. Filthy quranimal.
Kivanch K Official
Kivanch K Official Πριν μήνα
Objectively Turkey is the righteous one in this game.
Truschel Πριν μήνα
Turkey must do a EEZ with New Zealand
Robot Bender Rodríguez
Robot Bender Rodríguez Πριν 16 ημέρες
Truschel they are busy discussing with Malta and Gibraltar to set EEZ borders :-P
ken aposto
ken aposto Πριν μήνα
Greeks 11 millions. Turkey 80 millions. Greek very little army. Turkey very big army. Make the maths. RIP GREEKS.
zorbex fx
zorbex fx Πριν μήνα
They are not disputed waters and how can you make a deal with a country that is still in a civil war? This is slanted. I won't even call it journalism. How much did Erdogan pay these guys to flap their rubbish? Too much value given to Islands, shouldn't have the same sovereign rights WTF are you talking about? Then I saw upper left corner the guy was speaking from out of Istanbul. Historical and journalistic sell outs like most mainstream (lack of) news outlets.
l_AKAR_l Πριν μήνα
Turkey don’t know what’s peace
l_AKAR_l Πριν μήνα
Turkey attack entire world turkey dangerous for entire world.
Yves Πριν μήνα
Turkey keeps provoking Western Europe. For two main reasons: 1) It's a clever plan of Erdogan to disguise the economic misery within the Turkish nation. By deliberately creating conflicts he knows people will follow him blindly into anything and will not comment Turkish politics and the system. So he stays in control and can continue his corrupt regime. 2) there's a lot of frustration over the fact that Turkey was not admitted to the EU. (Thank God for that......) Time and again Erdogan is holding the poor Syrian refugees as a means of pressure towards Europe. Comes a time we're so fed up with this guy that we'll settle things with this regime for once and for all. And the combined military power of Western Europe is much stronger than the poorly outfitted Turkish forces. As a citizen of Western Europe (I am not Greek) I've seen many Turkish warships on my trips. Trust me, they're nothing compared to what we have....... If Erdogan is wise he stops provoking and doesn't undertake any action around Kastellorizo. EU leaders already stated they will support Greece in case it's sovereignty is not respected. Erdogan is on the edge of going too far this time.
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polygamous1 Sozou
polygamous1 Sozou Πριν μήνα
This is going against Anything i was always hopping for ever since i was a small boy in Cyprus, true Peace n friendship Between Greece n Turkey, my best true friend at that time was a Turkish boy he was more like a brother to me he was born in Town I was from in a little village he was 2 years older than me I was very naive he was very wise n more knowledgeable than me, he worked in a Garage i worked in an auto electrical shop opposite he was very kind n honest father send me to Greece after the inter communal troubles started when I return I didn't know how bad things gotten so I walked from the port of Limassol through the Turkish part to go home was the shortest But also to see my best friend, he was shocked to see me a little cold his mom also n I didn't know why them he walked with me to the end of the Turkish part n i was surprised when he said to me many nasty things have happened since u went away, I can't come to your house again you please never try to come to mine again its dangerous now why I walked with you up to here gave me a hug we both cried a little n parted, yet in my naivety i was hopping by the time I got back things would a gotten much better n i would marry his sister his family where all very nice people am still waiting for the time we both be friends sadly now in my old age i know its not going to happen
Mehmet Yanar
Mehmet Yanar Πριν μήνα
if there is petrolium in the mediterranian sea Turkey wont let any puppets like england and france play games they played on mousul or kerkük before sooo greece you have nothing to do with this problem.
hmm ?
hmm ? Πριν 2 μήνες
Greece is too small of a country to be hostile. I hope Greece promotes peace, even though the media tries to prepare the people for an armed conflict. I hope Turkey will do the same because so far with other countries that is not the case. What happens between Greece and Turkey doesnt happen with Greece and Italy or Egypt or Marocco. However it does happen with Turkey and Syria and Libya(not even a neighbour) for example. I believe in Turkish people, in their ancient history, their food and music since we were practically family 200 years ago. I hope we both stay peaceful because the point is to live and not kill. This report unfortunately does not promote unity among countries, that is a pity.
Zeynep Ezgi Su Simsar
Zeynep Ezgi Su Simsar Πριν 2 μήνες
Greece And Turkey:Yes we can,but why should we?
CarNaya Πριν 2 μήνες
This idiot Erdogan is leading Turkey to international isolation, which is merely one step in his agenda to convert Turkey to an islamic state. He escalates the conflict with Greece and Cyprus, he's bombing "terrorists" in Iraq and Syria, he sends mercenaries to Libya and almost fired against the French navy in order to keep this a "secret". He started a conflict with the European Union when he tried to smuggle hundreds of thousands of immigrants through the Greek borders, where Turkish special forces were cutting through the Greek border fences in broad daylight! He even started a conflict with the United States which cost him the F-35 contract and with Russia that almost cost him the S400 missile system. Even the Americans that would let their mothers die from COVID-19 so that they don't lose profits, thought he was too crazy for these kinds of weapons. Now he converted Hagia Sophia to a mosque, which means that Turkey is no longer a secular state. I'm Greek and I'm obviously worried, but I would actually be more worried if I was a Turk, look at your neighborhood and see where fanaticism leads to. Your own military tried to overthrow this lunatic, too bad they failed. Now he'll start WW III, only this one will be the shortest one and he'll have no allies except maybe... Libya? These are my two cents as a Greek, since Al Jazeera failed at journalism yet again.
salmp7 Πριν 2 μήνες
New Hitler Erdogan. Turning HagiaSofia into a mosque. Banning social media into Turkey and every voice not controlled by him. Sending to jail anyone saying anything against him Turning a secular country into an Islamic State. Jail for militaires, journalists, reporters, teachers etc. Invading Syria Invading Lybia Invading Kurdistan Supporting DAESH/ Islamic State. Supporting Muslim brotherhood. Continuous occupation of Cyprus Drilling within Cyprus' EEZ Threatening to drill into Greece's EEZ Sending refugees (made by the wars he makes into other countries) to European boarders. Make a video for people, to get informed.
Ros Ver
Ros Ver Πριν 2 μήνες
Greece Navy would do NOTHING IF TURKEY ENTERED IT'S SO CALLED "WATERS", If they did Turkey would easily dismantle their Island. Where are they coming up with this stuff??? No one owns water if that water is shared with other countries. You can say you own the coast, you can say you own a lake in your own country, even a sea but if it is shared with other countries you DON'T OWN $HI!T. Everyone knows this, It's like saying you own a whole OCEAN, it is not possible.
sarfaraz khan
sarfaraz khan Πριν 2 μήνες
westerns hypocrates r doing all this stuff to prevent it from being a global power after 2023 when it would be free to exploit its hydrocarbon reserves,,,, west and us would even impose war on turkey inorder to stop it from doing that ,,, pakistan and whole muslim ummah stands with turkey
Thanos Thanos
Thanos Thanos Πριν 2 μήνες
Turkey is doing stupid things and it's the one who makes trouble and mess in the region. This agreement has no illigal base and trespass Greek rights. What do they expect, Greeks just to sit and wach Turkish drilling ships drilling 6 miles far away from Crete? That's a red line
Stathis Samadhi
Stathis Samadhi Πριν 2 μήνες
Greece is Europe! Entering Greek waters you enter European waters! Turkey will never win Europe!
lonelypidgeon Πριν 2 μήνες
@Kaşif Murat yeah maybe in your dreams . Wake up little 🦃🦃
Kozzy 16
Kozzy 16 Πριν 2 μήνες
Kaşif Murat είσαι μαλακας με Μ
Kaşif Murat
Kaşif Murat Πριν 2 μήνες
Greece in Europe? Europe you mean Western & Eastern Europe. That's day & night different. Turkey is more aligned to Western European fundamentally, than Greece can ever be! Orthodox priests have too much power there, it's anti-secular.
Zyz Tyz
Zyz Tyz Πριν 2 μήνες
That is what you wish
MrAdamor Πριν 2 μήνες
I am afraid war can’t be avoided unless Turkey stops being the aggressor and bully of the neighborhood. It’s not in our culture when a thief comes in our house to sit with him and negotiate to give him half of our belongings... would you do that in your house ?? In case you don’t know Greeks are in the area and own the Aegean Sea for 5000+ years while Turks came from Mongolia 500 years ago .
Ali çağlar
Ali çağlar Πριν 2 μήνες
`500 years` xd
Darshan Sandman
Darshan Sandman Πριν 2 μήνες
Turkey: we will send drilling ships into Greek territory and steal its resources because we have drones made in turkey. Meantime in Greece: type 214 submarines, Apache helicopters, leopard tanks, mirage with scalp and Exocet. S300, Patriot missiles... COME AND GET IT
Harun Arslan
Harun Arslan Πριν 29 ημέρες
Low IQ issue take some vitamine pill
Rizeli Caner
Rizeli Caner Πριν μήνα
Darshan Sandman be objectif turkey can defaet greece turkey have x2 than greece we are not stealing its just stupid propaganda
Julius Πριν 2 μήνες
Turkey says islands dont have naval rigths, while The whole world is literally an island
l_AKAR_l Πριν 2 μήνες
Greece attack turkey if needed of course.
Kaşif Murat
Kaşif Murat Πριν 2 μήνες
Turkey does not invade, does not agitate, have no intention grabbing lands and respect all border laws to the letter. Turkey brings peace, maintain peace, and promote peace. Any country does rejects Turkey's efforts, does not like peace, do not want peace. So you can safely Trust in Turkey, you know they have no intention other than what is made clear. You know you are on a right path..
Kaşif Murat
Kaşif Murat Πριν 2 μήνες
@Thanos Thanos You take Greece side partially without ever considering who might be correct. Greece increased their nautical miles to 10 from 6 in 1939 breaking the Lausanne Treaty. Greece militarise Cyprus with their own soldiers & weapons in until 1974 breaking the Zürich and London Agreement. Greece invaded Izmir in 1919 illegally, before leaving they burned most of villages, killed many women & children. Greek orthodoxy destroyed all Ethnic minorities in Crete by 1908. Greece thinking militarising the islands close to Turkey breaking the Lausanne treaty and still illegally occupying the 12 islands under 1946 Paris Peace agreement because Turkey was not present at the agreement. Now in 2020 they want all of Aegean to themselves ignoring all the EEZ rights of the mainland. Ambitions of Greece is clear: they want to bring back Hellen times. Because nothing good happened to them since then. This is same dream as Adolf Hitler thought of bringing back the Reich Empire!
Thanos Thanos
Thanos Thanos Πριν 2 μήνες
Are you dreaming? This agreement has absolutely no value and it's made just to get in the Greece's eye by getting in greek waters with no respect to international laws. It's a war act made from turkey. Look around you, you are making mess in the whole region, Syria, Iraq, Cyprus, Libya and now you want to play tha game with Greece. We are not stupid, Greece will protect it's territory and even if this means war
Julius Πριν 2 μήνες
George Frag
George Frag Πριν 2 μήνες
You do not seem to aknowledge the fact Turk gunboats enter Greek waters around rocky islands and fighter jets overfly large Greek islands. Also provocations with migrants and using them as weapons to breach Greek borders. So we have an aggressive abusive neighbour to deal with.
Imaduddin Hasan
Imaduddin Hasan Πριν 3 μήνες
Its obviously cyprus belong to turks for hundred of years go home Greece.U dont do anything when libya people were massacre by Haftar and now u jealous with Turkey.
Gerassimos Fourlanos
Gerassimos Fourlanos Πριν 3 μήνες
Mercenaries from all sides on the payroll of Qatar and Turkey. So much for objectivity...
BRUH 1 Πριν 3 μήνες
Israel will defend Greece against Turkish aggression if needed.
Thanos Thanos
Thanos Thanos Πριν 2 μήνες
@BRUH 1 thank you for your kind words, i really want to visit Israel too, for the holy places and not only, i even thought if it's possible to get a job and live there for a while, i really want to discover your culture, your country and your people are very beautiful!
BRUH 1 Πριν 2 μήνες
@Thanos Thanos and yes btw i love Greece, beautiful country and great people, been there couple of times (i'm israeli)
BRUH 1 Πριν 2 μήνες
@Thanos Thanos exactly, Erdugan is imperialist thug with no respect towards orher countries, israel and Greece are the only normal countries in this region. That dude still dreaming about the Ottoma'n empire lol
Thanos Thanos
Thanos Thanos Πριν 2 μήνες
Of course they will, the pipeline who will cross Mediterranean to crete and then mainland Greece and then to whole Europe it's Israelis interest, we have very good relations btw. Also Egypt may enter the game and of course we have the full support of Europe, we are the gates of Europe and it's in benefit Greece to stand on its feet and don't loose power. Especially right now where turkey is not respecting the international laws of the sea
Bayram Celik
Bayram Celik Πριν 3 μήνες
Hshshshhaha ok jew
Osman Öz
Osman Öz Πριν 3 μήνες
Only the strongest can survive
Andy Panteli
Andy Panteli Πριν 3 μήνες
Let's not forget that the Greek Cypriots are 82%and the Turk's are only 18%,The Greek Cypriots offered 25%to the Turkish Cypriots but Main Land Turkey rejected that offer but NOT the Turkish Cypriots . Before the Turkish invasion there was 180.000 Turkish Cypriots Now there's not even half of them Why has Turkey displaced all this Turkish Cypriots??? I find it funny how the American is so onesided and why there was not Greek spokesman one this debate??
Filippos Marinos
Filippos Marinos Πριν 3 μήνες
Well, al Jazeera everybody knows that it is the loan bank for Turkey and it's not an independent station. (ask the Saudis about it).Crete is waiting for the Turks to came and drill in its home waters 350km from Turkey. Ha Ha Ha
JH Michaels
JH Michaels Πριν 3 μήνες
Al Jazeera is the mouthpiece of Qatar. A state with very warm relations with Turkey. A state that assisted Turkey during its currency crisis in 2018 to the tune of $15B. A state that is in conflict with Saudi Arabia and the UAE-- countries that are also in competition with Turkey. Do not expect objective reporting from Al Jazeera. That is the reason there was no Greek representation.
YeoGP Πριν 3 μήνες
If Turkey doesn’t stop being aggressive and greedy, it will lead to their downfall. Turks may dismiss this, but it will only lead then to their doom.
Marco Marconi
Marco Marconi Πριν 4 μήνες
Lord N
Lord N Πριν 4 μήνες
The oil belongs to Cyprus Israel and Egypt. Greece and Turkey do not have proclaimed EEZ
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