Turkey is threatening Greece with an incident in the Aegean if the country decides to take advantage of its EU presidency and initiate procedures for the proclamation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and proceed to exploit hydrocarbon reserves in the area from Kastellorizo to Cyprus.
Concerns were also expressed by Pentagon officials further confirming the threatening article, entitled “Waters Will Catch Fire,” published on the front page of Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak.
The fact that the Turkish newspaper appears to be pro-government, fully supporting Erdogan, concerns Greek Pentagon officials who assessed that the article was a very serious threat.
According to Yeni Safak, now that Greece has the presidency of the European Union, there is a strong possibility that the country will seize the opportunity to move forward with the official recognition of the EEZ, which is related to the existence and exploitation of energy deposits in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean, the area surrounding Cyprus.
“Turkey will not in any way allow this to happen. Turkey will continue unabated to research with the prospect of directly exploiting energy deposits in the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea,” wrote the newspaper.
It appears that this winter will be particularly “heated” in the Aegean, especially now that the crisis in Turkey is growing and threatening the Erdogan government.
Turks showed the first signs of escalating tension by violating Greece’s national airspace on Christmas Day and the new year only brought another round of threats.