Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (C) and his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides (L) and Israel Gabi Ashkenazi (R) attend a press conference following a trilateral meeting between the three countries at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (C) and his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides (L) and Israel Gabi Ashkenazi (R) attend a press conference
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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (C) and his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides (L) and Israel Gabi Ashkenazi (R) attend a press conference

Greece, Israel eye closer cooperation amid Turkey tension

Greek FM pledges to increase cooperation with Israel in an effort to counter Turkey, which is at odds with Greece over energy boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean; 'Our region is not going back to the 19th century,' he says

Associated Press |
Published: 10.27.20 , 18:30
Greece's government said Tuesday it wants to expand trade, energy, and military partnerships with Israel and other countries in the region to counter what it considers the hostile policy of neighbor Turkey.
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  • Greece, Israel and Cyprus, which all are at odds with Turkey over energy boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, hold regular meetings to promote cooperation in defense and energy. They pledged Tuesday to increase cooperation.
     Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (C) and his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides (L) and Israel Gabi Ashkenazi (R) attend a press conference following a trilateral meeting between the three countries at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (C) and his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides (L) and Israel Gabi Ashkenazi (R) attend a press conference following a trilateral meeting between the three countries at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (C) and his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides (L) and Israel Gabi Ashkenazi (R) attend a press conference
    (Photo: EPA)
    "Our region is not going back to the 19th century," Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said after meeting in Athens with his counterparts from Israel and Cyprus, Gabi Ashkenazi and Nikos Christodoulides.
    Cooperation projects include a planned electricity grid interconnection between Israel, Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete by undersea cable by the end of 2023.
     Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a press conference following a trilateral meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Israel Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a press conference following a trilateral meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Israel
    Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a press conference following a trilateral meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Israel
    (Photo: EPA)
    Tension in the region has spiked since the summer after Turkey expanded its oil and gas maritime research missions to waters in which Greece says it has jurisdiction.
    Ankara argues that it has been largely excluded from regional energy exploration, insisting that Greek islands near its coastline should not project maritime zones for commercial exploitation.

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