"Greece extending territorial waters to 12 nautical miles changes the balance in the Aegean," says Turkish media

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"12 nautical miles overturns the balance of interests in the Aegean," said a provocative report by the TRT Haber network, interpreting International Law and the Law of the Sea in accordance with Turkey's permanent aspirations against Greece.

"Turkey and Greece. Two countries on the two shores of the Aegean. Problems that have been going on since the 1930s, which are getting longer because of Greece's provocative steps," said the Turkish journalist in front of a map of the Aegean islands.

He continued by arguing that Greece owns 40% of the sea space, but that this will will reach 70% if the Mediterranean country enacts its right to expand its territorial waters from six nautical miles to twelve.

"From what I see, the biggest issue is in the rights of sovereignty in the air and the sea," the journalist added.

"The extension of territorial waters to 12 nautical miles will change the balance of interests in the Aegean, in a disproportionate way to the detriment of Turkey. At the moment due to various reasons, the territorial waters of Greece occupy 40% of the Aegean.

"In case the territorial waters of Greece are extended to 12 miles, this percentage will reach 70%.

"In that case, the size of the open seas drops from 51% to 19%, while Turkey's territorial waters will be limited to a little less than 10% of the Aegean," he argued, accusing Athens of trying to trap Turkey in a "narrow sea lane" in the Eastern Mediterranean.

"The Athens government's insistence on 12 N.M. not only restricts Turkey to the Aegean, but is part of an effort to restrict Turkey to a narrow sea lane in the Eastern Mediterranean and to deprive it of resources," the journalist continued.

"Greece's attempt to block Turkey's exit to the Eastern Mediterranean began in 2010 with the discovery of rich natural gas deposits."

The TRT journalist says there is "disappointment" in Greece for the "normalisation of Turkey's relations with Israel, Egypt and Syria", despite this not being. He also spoke of an "anti-Turkish" initiative by Greece in Eastern Mediterranean.

"Greece, realising how it lost the possibility of developing an anti-Turkish initiative against Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, now with the habits it had from the 19th and 20th centuries, is trying to provoke Turkey to create an environment of conflict and attract powerful countries to the Aegean.

"But with the pragmatic steps Turkey has taken in foreign policy, it is telling Athens how it should wake up from its dreams," concluded the TRT report.

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