"Either Greece as well as Turkey are two valuable allies, both of which contribute to our common security, "he said.
"There are some discrepancies, and I welcome the fact that there are bilateral contacts when trying to resolve these disagreements. NATO is not part of the process of solving these problems, "said Stoltenberg, clearly indicating that NATO remains a neutral observer in this situation.
The Turkey and Libya signed a maritime border agreement at the end of November. It has become the subject of diplomatic disputes. Turkey published the nautical chart "in the light of the Turkish-Libyan agreement" according to which a significant part of the Greek exclusive economic zone belongs to Turkey.
Athens has sharply criticized this agreement, stating that Turkey has assaulted the sovereign rights of Greece and is attempting to end the Nautical chart of the exclusive economic zone to change. The Foreign Minister of Greece then invited the Turkish Ambassador to Athens to the Foreign Ministry on 28 November for explanations. On November 29, the Libyan ambassador was summoned. He had been offered to communicate without delay the content of the agreement, otherwise the decision on his expulsion caught.
The official spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, said that the agreement was based on international law and that the islands were unable to create zones of maritime law outside their territorial waters. For example, according to Aksoy, the small Greek island of Kastelorizo is said to "create a four-thousand times as large a maritime jurisdiction area as its own territory".
The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a separate bilateral meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London to discuss issues of concern.
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