Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara is in a decision-making position in the eastern Mediterranean and its determined position remains the same.
In a diplomatic note sent to the two countries' embassies and the EU delegation, Ankara says they must seek its permission before conducting any work in Turkey's continental shelf.
At least 41 refugees and migrants have drowned with more than 70 others rescued by a commercial vessel that took them to Sicilian port town Porto Empedocle.
At least 20 more migrants have died in a shipwreck hours after 74 others were drowned in a separate accident off the coast of the Libyan port of Khoms, rescuers say.
UN Environment Programme’s new report, produced by Plan Bleu, warns that the Mediterranean basin is under environmental stress and recommends a five-prong action plan.
Foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Nikos Dendias, meet in Bratislava to discuss energy rights in the Mediterranean Sea.
The proposals hinge on member states volunteering to ease the load on countries that see the most migrant arrivals by sea either by taking in refugees or providing logistical support or deporting rejected applicants.
The people aboard were "in serious psycho-physical conditions that make it impossible for them to stay on the petrol tanker", Mediterranea said after the transfer.
Commenting on the US lifting a 33-year-old arms embargo on Greek-administered Cyprus, Defence Minister Akar says the decision will only serve to create an impasse, not peace.
EU should not get fooled by Greek plans but should instead act in line with responsibility, says Republican People's Party spokesman, Faik Oztrak.
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"Turkey has no designs on any other country's lands, sovereignty, or interests, but it will never make concessions on what rightfully belongs to it," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
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