The loss of temper and the dangerous maneuvers of Erdogan lead Ankara to continuous impasses.
The extension of Greece’s territorial waters to 12 nautical miles south of Crete is clearly on the table, and apparently the whole issue is disconcerting the Tayyip Erdogan regime, alongside the Security Council’s brake on the infamous Turkish-Libyan memorandum.
In the text unanimously approved by the permanent representatives of the five permanent members of the S.A. UN refers to Article 6 of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, where it is made clear that the interim government does not have the right to enter into agreements that bind the country in the long term, a clear reference to the Turkish-Libyan memorandum.
In the specific article it is mentioned, verbatim, that “the executive authority will manage the foreign policy of the Libyan state in a way that maintains friendly and peaceful relations with regional and international partners in accordance with the rules of good neighborliness and mutual interests. During the preparatory phase, this executive authority will not consider new or previous agreements or decisions that harm the stability of the external relations of the Libyan state or impose long-term obligations on it.”
From the above it becomes clear that the UN expresses its discomfort with Turkey’s aggressive stance in the Libyan region and indirectly but clearly the Security Council is putting “ice” on the agreement with which Erdogan attempts to play the role of a regional actor in the Eastern Mediterranean . It should not escape us that the text of S.A. of the UN comes shortly after Egypt’s clear and public reaction to precisely the fact that Turkey is using the Tripoli government to turn Libya into a protectorate of Ankara.
Regarding the inalienable right to expand our territorial waters – Tayyip Erdoğan – wrongly perceives this process as our country’s retaliation against him. All of the above lead the Turkish regime to make hasty moves in the Aegean to provoke a heated episode, culminating in the episode off Samos with a Turkish coast guard vessel.
According to the information from the Coast Guard, in the morning hours of Tuesday, a foreign flag ship, which was committed by the EKSED to participate in the operation of search and rescue of foreigners, which has been ongoing since yesterday, in the sea area 3.8 nm. south of Samiopoula in Samos, located within the area of responsibility of search and rescue of the Greek Authorities and within Greek territorial waters, a body, informing a Turkish offshore vessel, which was sailing within Turkish territorial waters to receive it.
Afterwards, the Turkish offshore vessel, which was sailing in an adjacent area, entered the search and rescue area of responsibility of the Greek Authorities and Greek territorial waters and carried out dangerous maneuvers against the LS-EL.AKT patrol vessel. During the process of collecting the body and while the patrol vessel L.S.-EL.AKT. approached the offshore vessel in order to point out to her that it has violated Greek territorial waters, the Turkish offshore vessel tried to cause damage to the L.S.-EL.AKT vessel, while at the same time it made a display of weapons.
And as if all of the above was not enough, Tayyip Erdogan also contacted Olaf Solz to express his grievances… The Turkish president had a telephone conversation with the German chancellor, during which he called on Berlin to return to “neutrality” in all concerns Greece-Turkey relations. In fact, in the discussion he had with the German chancellor, he brought up a forgotten issue: Turkey’s EU accession perspective. which he himself has abandoned in recent years. At the same time, the Turkish president emphasized to the German chancellor that the Ankara-EU dialogue, the negotiations on the updating of the Customs Union and the talks on Turkey’s accession to the EU. they will have to start over.
Erdogan also emphasized that he attaches “special importance” to the close dialogue with Solz to strengthen bilateral relations in every field and that this dialogue will help revitalize Turkey’s EU accession process.