Professor George Pagoulatos, Director General of ELIAMEP, and Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Bilkent University and Researcher at ELIAMEP, commented on Al Jazeera about the relations between Greece and Turkey after the latter announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Libya outlining their maritime boundaries.
As Dr. Grigoriadis mentioned: “Turkey has refused to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and argues that it is not bound by its provisions that award islands maritime zones. What is interesting in this case is that it found another neighbouring country, Libya… to endorse that position.”
George Pagoulatos, expressed the view that the EU’s diminution is offering Turkey an opportunity to indulge that vision.
“Europe is faced with a declining role and global influence … agreements it had supported and been vital in bringing about, such as the Paris Climate Accord and the [nuclear deal with Iran] are trashed by the [United States]. It is faced with the rise of a very dynamic competitor which it increasingly views as a rival and a systemic challenge, China, and it cannot rely on its most stable post-war ally, the US.” highlighted Professor Pagoulatos.
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