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Turkey says France should refrain from escalating Mediterranean tension: report

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday France should refrain from steps that escalate tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara is embroiled in a dispute with Greece over Turkish oil and gas exploration in disputed waters, Reuters reported.

The French military conducted training exercises with Greek forces in the region on Thursday, according to defense sources.

Speaking at a televised news conference with his Swiss counterpart in Bern, Çavuşoğlu said Switzerland had offered to mediate in the eastern Mediterranean dispute and that Turkey had agreed in principle, adding that Greece would get a response if it provokes the Turkish Oruç Reis survey vessel in the region.

The Greek-Turkish dispute was one of the subjects discussed in a call on Friday between Macron and US President Donald Trump, the White House said, and the two leaders “expressed concern over increased tension between NATO Allies Greece and Turkey.”

Switzerland said it was willing to support a dialogue to defuse the current tensions as long as it was desired by all parties involved.

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