Eastern Mediterranean tensions: debate with Greek and Turkish ministers
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Eastern Mediterranean tensions: debate with Greek and Turkish ministers

Foreign Affairs MEPs will discuss the tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea with the Greek European Affairs Minister and the Turkish Foreign Minister, on Thursday.

For the past weeks, tensions are mounting over Turkey’s increased and disputed gas exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, which EU member states Greece and Cyprus say violates their continental shelves and territorial waters. Both sides have also deployed warships to the area in a show of strength, prompting fears that the standoff might spill over into a direct military conflict.

MEPs and Greek European Affairs Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis are expected to discuss these issues and the latest developments during a meeting of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, 10 September, at 10.00 CET. You can watch the meeting live here.

Later the same day, Members will also be joined by Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (via video link) for another debate at 17.45 CET. You can watch that meeting live here.

WHERE: European Parliament in Brussels, József Antall building (rooms 4Q1 and 4Q2) & remote participation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists are strongly advised to follow the meeting online.

The meeting agenda will be available here.