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France to send warships to Mediterranean to counter Turkey

Christian Fernsby |
France is to send war frigates to the eastern Mediterranean to oppose Turkey’s recent assertion in the region, a decision that has been welcomed by Greece’s prime minister, according to the Guardian yesterday.


Turkey is currently in a standoff with neighbors Greece and Cyprus over drilling and mineral rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has sent drilling ships to maritime waters which are recognized as Cypriot under international law, but which Ankara claims based on agreements with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus a state only Turkey recognizes.

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described the French ships as “guarantors of peace” and said “Greece and France are pursuing a new framework of strategic defense.”

“The only way to end differences in the eastern Mediterranean is through international justice,” he added, after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Paris.

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