The Greek Foreign Ministry summoned the Libyan Ambassador in Athens in protest against the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Turkey on maritime powers boundries a diplomatic source said.
The source revealed that the Greek Foreign Ministry has given the ambassador, until next Thursday, to leave Greece
The moves comes after Turkey announced Thursday it had signed a deal on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea with Libya’s Presidential Council, as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation.
The memorandum of understanding on the “delimitation of maritime jurisdictions” was signed on Wednesday in Istanbul by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj. No details were made available on the accord.
Greece said any such accord would be geographically absurd because it ignored the presence of the Greek island of Crete between the coasts of Turkey and Libya.
Tensions are already running high between Athens and Ankara because of Turkish drilling in the eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Cyprus, and the European Union has prepared sanctions against Turkey in response.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said any maritime accord between Libya and Turkey “ignores something that is blatantly obvious, which is that between those two countries there is the large geographical land mass of Crete.
“Consequently such an attempt borders on the absurd.”
Next week, Greece will raise the issue in a series of meetings he will hold with counterparts from countries with influence in the region on the sidelines of a NATO and OSCE meetings.