Greece plans to ratify an accord on maritime boundaries with Egypt next week, its government said on Thursday, referring to a deal which has angered Turkey and highlighted overlapping claims over the east Mediterranean.
Yet Turkey has said the pact infringes its own continental shelf and has dispatched a survey vessel to an area between Crete and Cyprus. The agreement also overlaps with maritime zones Turkey agreed with Libya last year, decried as illegal by Greece.
Turkey also challenges the right of Cyprus to explore in the seas around the island because it maintains that the Nicosia administration does not represent Turkish Cypriots.
Turkey argues the island is not taking into account the interests of estranged Turkish Cypriots, who were co-founders of the island-state in 1960 only to leave three years later. Cyprus is now run by an internationally recognized government comprised solely of Greek Cypriots.