Greece has resorted to the United Nations, and has also requested the European Union to impose sanctions on Turkey, to conclude an agreement with Libya on the demarcation of the maritime borders between the two countries, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the importance of the agreement in the matter of exploration for natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean. He reiterated Ankara's readiness to send forces to Libya in the event that the Libyan National Accord government requested it.
Greece sent two letters to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council, in which they presented the reasons for their objection to the memorandum of understanding concluded by Turkey and Libya on November 27 regarding the delineation of maritime areas of influence between the two countries.
A Greek government spokesman said that his country referred to the United Nations its objections to the Turkish-Libyan agreement as a violation of international law, because the sea areas of Turkey and Libya do not meet, and because there are no maritime borders between the two countries, as he put it.
He added that Athens wants to present the agreement to the UN Security Council to condemn it, considering that this agreement was poorly prepared, and that it is invalid because it was not approved by the Libyan parliament.
In parallel, the Greek government said it wanted a framework related to sanctions imposed by the European Union on both Turkey and Libya.
In addition to saying that there are no maritime borders between Turkey and Libya, Athena says that the memorandum determining the Turkish-Libyan maritime influence penetrates the continental shelf of the Greek island of Crete.
In the context, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the Turkish-Libyan agreement removes from the map some Greek islands, and that the United States, the European Union, Egypt and Israel condemned him.
The Turkish-Libyan Memorandum of Understanding delineates a diagonal corridor from the maritime border at the nearest points between Libya and Turkey, and recently the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper published a map that includes borders for the scope covered by determining the Turkish-Libyan maritime influence.
The Turkish Parliament and the Libyan National Accord government approved the Memorandum of Understanding related to maritime borders, as well as read a bilateral memorandum of understanding for security and military cooperation.
Immediately after the approval of the Memorandum of Understanding on the maritime spheres of influence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed that his country will establish a maritime line with Libya, while Athens responded to the agreement by expelling the ambassador of its national reconciliation government.
In exchange for the diplomatic escalation by Greece, the Turkish President said that Greece, Egypt and Israel cannot excavate in the Mediterranean without Turkey's permission after signing the Turkish-Libyan Memorandum of Understanding on the demarcation of the sea border.
Erdogan stated during a television interview that "other international players cannot carry out research and exploration activities in the areas that Turkey has determined under the agreement (with Libya) without our approval, so southern Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Israel cannot establish a natural gas transport line from this region without approval Turkey, we will not be lenient in this regard, and everything we do is definitely consistent with international maritime law. "
He also stressed that Turkey and Libya can carry out joint exploration activities in the exclusive economic zones off the shores of Cyprus in an area that includes large gas fields, stressing that his country has shown the world through a maritime agreement with Libya its intention to protect its rights under international law.
Meanwhile, the Turkish President reiterated today that his country is ready to send military forces to Libya when the internationally recognized Accord government requests it.
Erdogan said during a meeting with students that if his country receives a request in this regard, it will send sufficient forces to Libya.
He pointed out that Russia, the UAE and Egypt provide all kinds of military support to Haftar and violate United Nations resolutions.