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Member states of the European Union (EU) have agreed to prepare counter measures in response to Turkey’s naval activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Following an urgent meeting convened by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, the 27 member states on Friday agreed that the recent naval mobilisations by Turkey would “lead to greater antagonism and distrust”, reports Xinhua news agency.

The members reiterated strong support for Borrell to re-establish dialogue and facilitate re-engagement with Turkey.

Borrell will also prepare “options on further appropriate measures in case tensions do not abate”, according to the Council of the EU.

Stressing that serious deterioration in the relationship with Turkey is having far-reaching strategic consequences for the entire EU, the member states said a broader discussion about relations with Ankara will be held later in August.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country resumed drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean, one day after Egypt and Greece signed an agreement on the demarcation of the maritime borders between the two countries and setting up an exclusive economic zone between them in the Mediterranean Sea.

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EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell

Further escalating the tensions, Turkey on Monday sent its seismic survey vessel Oruc Reis, escorted by Turkish warships, to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey said that the Oruc Reis, which has lowered 1,750 km of seismic cables into the Mediterranean Sea for a two-dimensional seismic survey, would be operating in the Mediterranean Sea until August 23.

Greece, which also deployed warships to monitor the vessel, has called on Turkey to withdraw vessels from the area.

The discovery of rich gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean in the last decade has triggered a race to tap the region’s underwater resources and sparked tensions between Ankara and Athens.

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  1. More than one places or spots as follow having potential to emerge in war-like form during August –September , 2020.
    ( 1 ). According to news reports , Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait on Monday , that is on 10 August , 2020 , and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles , as U.S. health chief Alex Azar visited the island to offer President Donald Trump’s support. Apparently , the incident of military nature on 10 August 2020 involving two super-powers of the world has heightened the tensions in the region. And let readers know this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alert for August-September 2020 indicating war-like incident somewhere across the globe involving multiple countries in the form of power-camps through article -“ Planetary configuration in August-September 2020 suggest something historic , something rare” – published at nirpakhawaaz.com on 20 July 2020. It may also be observed from the said article that 10 August 2020 was particularly included in the list of dates calling for attention.
    http://www.nirpakhawaaz.com/2020/07/20/planetary-configuration-in-august-september-2020-suggest-something-historic-something-rare/
    Predictive article of this writer related to the U.S. – ‘ Astrological probable alerts for 2020’ – at wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/5176/ having predictive alerts covering year 2020 was published on 1 January 2020 while it was submitted on 11 November 2019 to the editor. The following predictive alert in the article is precisely relevant and closely related to the war-like developments around the globe in the present times :-
    “ 3. The months of April to June , particularly May-June or later in 2020 , look to be trending into the scene some serious landscapes. There could be some war or war-like conditions across the world , WHICH THE US MAY BE CALLED UPON TO ADDRESS. SEA OR OIL REGIONS OR SUCH STUFF SEEMS TO BE CALLING ATTENTION”.

    ( 2 ). Tensions between Greece and Trukey over energy resources exploration in the eastern Mediterranean sea.
    According to news reports , Greece and Egypt signed a deal on 6 August 2020 , to set up a maritime zone in the eastern Mediterranean for exploring energy resources. This seems to have enraged Turkey which is reported to have sent on 10 August 2020 its drilling ship to the disputed territory for exploration of energy resources. Amid high tensions , Greece is reported to have brought their grievance to Foreign Affairs Council in the EU for appropriate solution. News reports suggest that war-like tensions would call for early intervention of the global community. The news reports suggest that Greece has also moved its naval fleet to the eastern Mediterranean. Greece is reportedly seeking , direct or indirect , support of Israel , the US and EU. France has already deployed some ships and military jets in the affected area. However , these developments have taken shape during the period alerted by this writer in the article on 20 July 2020 , referred to here in this commentary.
    And dates 10 , 11 , 19 , 20 , 27 , 28 and 29 in August 2020 are closely relevant to the alerts for more attention and appropriate strategy.

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