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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Greek parliament to cast final vote on East Med accord on Thursday:

Greece’s parliament to cast final vote on EastMed accord with Egypt today: The Greek parliament will be casting votes on two separate maritime border acts today including the EastMed accord signed with Egypt, Greek City Times reports. The maritime border delineation is an exercise of an “inalienable sovereign right” in line with Article 3 of the Convention on the Law of the Sea, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis argued to the parliament yesterday. Mitsotakis hinted at a potential legislative effort to expand Greek jurisdiction in other neighboring maritime zones during a government debate on the bills that could potentially ratchet up already intensifying relations between Greece and Turkey.

Diplomatic efforts have started to break down however as Turkish Foriegn Minister Melvut Vavusoglu accused Germany of siding with Greece and said following a meeting with German Foriegn Minister Heiko Maas in Ankara that Turkey “will do what is necessary without hesitation,” to stake its claim in Eastern Mediteranean, the National Herald reports. The change in tone came after Germany, which has been trying to mediate between Turkey and Greece, said “Greece’s voice will have special weight” and said Turkey should recall naval forces and halt drilling operations in the Eastern Med lest its state-run petroleum company face sanctions.

Military drills continue, with reinforcements: The UAE is reportedly sending between two and four warplanes to join Greek military drills off the island of Crete following French deployment of two Dassault Rafale jets in a show of support to Greece, according to Forbes’ contributor network. The two Mediterranean countries locked in dispute on Sunday issued an advisory that they’d be conducting naval drills off the Greek island of Crete and denounced each other’s moves as an illegal show of force.

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