Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said today, Wednesday, that his country is open to dialogue with Turkey, but not in light of threats, in reference to the escalation of Ankara in the eastern Mediterranean.
In a press interview with the official ERT channel, the Greek minister stated that there is no agreed path for the start of the talks between Ankara and Athens at the present time.
On Tuesday, Turkish presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said that his country had stopped energy exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean for some time, pending talks with Greece.
In an interview with the CNN Turk television channel, Calin said that Erdogan asked to suspend oil exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean for a certain period, as a constructive approach to negotiations.
The long-standing tension between the two NATO members escalated during the past week, after the Turkish navy issued a warning notice about conducting seismic surveys in the waters between Cyprus and Crete.
Ankara announced its intention to start drilling for gas in the eastern Mediterranean, in areas it claims to be on its continental shelf, while Greece says it is in its territorial waters.
Translation: Adar Press.