Germany and Greece criticized Turkey on Tuesday of undermining efforts for dialogue between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Greece and Turkey after sending a survey ship back into a disputed region in the eastern Mediterranean.
"[This is] a fact that proves Turkey's unreliability but also its contempt for the conclusions of the European Union summit on October 1-2", he added, reiterating the premier's position that there can be no exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey as long as the Oruc Reis remains within the Greek continental shelf. He also said that Turkey "acted unilaterally" in reopening the Varosha coastal strip in Cyprus.
President Erdogan's comments come as the Oruc Reis research vessel has again set sail in the Eastern Mediterranean sea to conduct seismic research for potential natural resources, a move that had led to increased tensions between Turkey and Greece earlier this year.
Friday's agenda will include Turkey's aggressive behaviour in the eastern Mediterranean following a proposal put forth by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to European Council President Charles Michel. "The European Union must also show the same consistency regarding the implementation of decisions it has taken, in order for this behavior, if it continues, to have the corresponding consequences".
According to the Greek newspaper, the Turkish leader did not give any detail on what the alleged promises may have been but criticised the Greek government for recent military exercises in the Aegean sea that coincided with a Turkish holiday. Turkey also drew worldwide criticism this week for its decision to open the beachfront of the fenced-off suburb of Varosha in divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.
The Turkish foreign ministry said the plane carrying Dendias - a backup after the first plane malfunctioned - "took off from Iraq without submitting the necessary flight plan".
"The plane in question took off from Iraq without presenting a flight plan".
Government Spokesman Stelios Petsas said Ankara has shirked its commitments twice in a short space of time.
"The plan was urgently requested from the Iraqi authorities, and after the plan was received, the flight was carried out safely", Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.
"It is one more provocation, in the continued provocations by the Turkish side", Petsas said.