OPINION

Turkish provocations

Escalating tension in the Southeast Mediterranean is clearly Turkey’s choice.

The Erdogan regime appears to be following its favorite tactic of gunboat diplomacy as a means of imposing its own will or blackmail in view of future exchange.

The regime’s principal aim is to halt ongoing exploration with regard to the discovery and management of gas reserves by Cyprus in the island country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

It is no coincidence that the day after the European Union called on Turkey to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, the country continued on the provocation path by dispatching a military vessel to the region and violating Greek air space over the Aegean Sea.

Perhaps the regime considers that a success over Cyprus could balance its failures on the foreign affairs front.

The situation demands vigilance, cool-headedness and flexibility on the parts of Nicosia and Athens.