Greece calls EU to hold an emergency meeting on Turkey's violations in Mediterranean

The Greek prime minister's office said Greece wants to hold an emergency meeting of the European Union on Turkey amid a growing dispute in the eastern Mediterranean.

The office of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: "The Foreign Minister will request an emergency meeting of the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council," according to Agence France-Presse.

Tensions remained high on Tuesday between Greece and Turkey, both of which have warships in the eastern Mediterranean after Turkey sent a research ship to conduct seismic research on energy resources in an area Greece says is on its continental shelf.

Greece criticized the decision, describing it as an illegal act that violates its sovereign rights, saying that the Turkish research vessel was inside an area covered by the Greek continental shelf, and officials also said that Greek warships were in the area, and were monitoring Turkish ships, and that the army was on alert.

Relations between Greece and Turkey, two NATO allies, and their neighbors have been tense and have been at loggerheads for decades on a variety of issues.

Last year, Turkey signed a deal with the Sarraj government, sparking outrage in Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, who said the agreement violated their economic rights in the Mediterranean.

The European Union said the agreement was a violation of international law and a threat to regional stability.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke with Greek President Katrina Saklaropoulou on Tuesday to inform her of the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to his office, and he was also scheduled to speak with the heads of the country's political parties.

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