Greeks vs. Erdogan: opening of TANAP gas pipeline could not do without scandal
At the opening ceremony of the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP), scandal erupted. The delegation of Greece left the ceremony, considering that the statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was provocative.
Erdogan, speaking at a ceremony in Edirne, said that Ankara will not stop exploration and drilling on the shelf of Cyprus and in the exclusive economic zone of the republic. He noted that Turkey acts within the framework of international law, since in the Mediterranean there is a violation of the rights of Turkish Cypriots to possess energy on the shelf. "No screams and screams" will not push Ankara to withdraw the reconnaissance ships from the shelf, quoted RIA Novosti as Erdogan.
A delegation from Athens, led by Deputy Minister of Energy and Environment Dimitris Ikonom, left the gas pipeline opening ceremony a minute after the Turkish leader made statements. Later, the Greek Foreign Ministry condemned the statements of Erdogan, calling him "the main violator of international law in the region."
TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which will allow delivering gas from the shelf of the Caspian Sea to Europe and Turkey.