President Emmanuel Macron has ordered French forces to the Eastern Mediterranean to provide military assistance to Greece, gaining ground in France’s growing regional confrontation against an increasingly assertive Turkey. guess.
France’s latest move in the region follows Mr Macron’s trip last week to Beirut amid an explosion devastating the city.
By far the most powerful military power of the European Union – and its only nuclear-armed nation – France has become more involved in conflicts in the Mediterranean. The US withdrew from the region in recent years.
In the latest tensions, France once again confronts Turkey – a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and supposedly an ally ̵1; as it does in Syria and Libya as well.
Mr. Macron’s decision, published late Wednesday in Greek tweets, put France in a maritime dispute over potential oil and gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey, which has issued a statement on what Greece and Cyprus consider their own exclusive economic zone, this week sent the Oruc Reis seismic probe, along with its warships, into the disputed area. Greece responded by disturbing its navy.