The US Ambassador in Athens spoke about the areas in the Eastern Mediterranean
U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt spoke about Maritime territory in the Eastern Mediterranean, which Greece considers its exclusive economic zone, where Turkey intends to carry out seismic surveys of oil fields.
The hydrographic service of Antalya on Tuesday released the international Navtex warning about the seismic research to the South and East of the island of kastellorizo from 21 July to 2 August. Greece claims that the area is in its exclusive economic zone. The Hellenic armed forces have been alerted across the country. Turkey has called the claims of Greece unfounded.
The US state Department called on Turkey to stop the activities in the "disputed waters". The definition of the area as "disputed" has caused outrage in Greece.
Payette commented on the status of waters in the port city of Alexandroupolis, where together with the Minister of national defense of Greece Nikos Panayotopoulos was present at the beginning of unloading us transport ship Endurance Vehicles Carrier that delivered 3 thousand Marines, military vehicles and equipment to participate in the NATO exercise Atlantic Resolve 2020.
"Today there are a lot of the media who want to ask me about what is happening in the Aegean sea. So I'm just going to say something right here. I want to reiterate a clear message to Washington and other countries of Europe, calling on Turkish authorities to stop operations that cause tension in the region, such as plans for exploration of natural resources in areas where Greece and Cyprus to assert jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean", - said the Ambassador of the United States.
"This is a complex strategic space: we want our friends and allies in the region approached the development of resources in the spirit of cooperation that provides the Foundation for lasting energy security and shared economic prosperity. Unilateral, provocative actions work against this goal," - said Payette.
He also stated that "a stronger and more secure Greece in the interests of America."
Payette noted that the current deployment of American troops is proof of the commitment of the United States to achieve common goals in the field of defense and security defined in the Agreement on cooperation in the field of mutual defense.