The Department of State stressed its deep concern of the USA for the ongoing research activities of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, and for the possibility of expanding the Turkish investigations very close to the island of Kastelorizo.
“We know this unconfirmed information. As we have stated before and in general, the United States is deeply concerned about Turkey’s ongoing operations to explore natural resources in areas where Greece and Cyprus are claiming jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean,” replied a State Department spokesperson to a relevant question.
At the same time, the State Department expresses strong support for the dialogue between Greece and Turkey, encouraging all parties to resume discussions on these issues. It is recalled that the US continue stressing the need for de-escalation in recent times, with Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer noting that neither side should seek to create new faits accomplis through the show of strength.
Finally, he reiterated the United States’ firm commitment to resource efficiency in the Eastern Mediterranean in a way that promotes cooperation and lays the foundations for lasting energy security and economic prosperity throughout the region.