The navies of Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates conducted a large-scale naval and air military exercise called Medusa in the Mediterranean Sea near Alexandria, Egypt, for seven consecutive days from November 30 to December 6.
Since August this year, there have been frequent military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean region, which is related to Turkey’s repeated energy exploration ship Orucci Rez to the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued many statements condemning the “illegal” actions of the Turkish side and “further undermining the prospects for constructive dialogue between the two sides”.
Turkey has long been in dispute with Greece and Cyprus about the ownership of resources in the Eastern Mediterranean. On August 10, Earth sent Orucci Rez to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to operate and escort it.
In mid-September, Turkey withdrew its exploration ship. On October 12, it sent the exploration ship to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea again, and the operation period has been extended many times to this day.
EU institutions support member countries Greece and Cyprus, and repeatedly urge Turkey to stop exploration and threaten to impose sanctions. It is reported that EU leaders will discuss the decision on whether to impose sanctions on Turkey at the summit in December.