Greek-Egyptian deal

Germany has not expressed any official reaction to the Greek-Egyptian agreement to delimit the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). However, as mentioned in an Open TV report, both the Chancellery and all the members of the European Union have declared that the Turkey-Libya memorandum to steal Greece’s maritime space is illegal and outside international law.

Meanwhile at the end of the month there are important meetings in Berlin on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Specifically, there is a meeting of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Ministers with the main topic being the relations of the European Union with Turkey.

France and other countries are pushing towards the definition of red lines with Turkey.

The European Commission was annoyed by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s statements to Turkish media after his meeting with European Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.

Çavuşoğlu said that the EU was dissatisfied with the agreement that Greece signed with Egypt.

“I did not know that the European Union has authorised any foreign minister from a third country to speak on behalf of the EU,” said Peter Stano, a spokesman of the EU’s external services. “Representing the EU, I have to say that the agreement signed by Greece and Egypt on the EEZ is an issue between these two countries, a bilateral one between an EU member state and a selected third state. And the Commission will not comment on that, it is not its role to comment.”

The spokesman confirmed that Borrell and Çavuşoğlu spoke about the need for de-escalation of tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, specifying however that “the tension were caused by acts against two EU Member States, as is discussed by the foreign ministers in July and in view of the informal meeting of Foreign Affairs in Berlin in August.”

Peter Stano stressed that the subject of discussion between the two were ways to reverse the negative climate created by Turkey’s actions.

“It was an open and honest dialogue,” he said.