ISTANBUL (dpa-AFX) – In the natural gas conflict with Greece over areas in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown himself to be open to negotiations. In a video conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Wednesday, Erdogan said, according to the Turkish Presidential Office, that the differences could be resolved through negotiations. However, a “constructive and fair approach” is a prerequisite.
The German side did not provide any more precise information on the content of the conversation. A government spokesman in Berlin said in the evening that the issues were the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and the situation in Libya. Germany currently holds the Council Presidency within the European Union.
In the eastern Mediterranean there has been a dispute over suspected natural gas deposits between NATO members Greece and Turkey for weeks. Greece accuses Turkey of illegally exploring deposits in the Greek Islands region. The government in Ankara argues that the waters in which natural gas is being drilled on a trial basis belong to the Turkish continental shelf. / Ar / lsy / wjh / DP / fba