Turkey on Wednesday rejected claims by Greece that its oil-and-gas research vessels were encroaching on Greek waters in the eastern Mediterranean and said it would continue to defend its legitimate rights and interests in the region. Turkey said it will carry out the survey until August 2 while Greek armed forces are on standby to monitor the movements.
"It is not acceptable for the maritime space of a member state of our Union to be violated or threatened".
"Those who are doing that must be sanctioned".
The area subject to a Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) that seismic vessel Oruç Reis will start research in the eastern Mediterranean as of July 21 falls under the continental shelf of Turkey and was notified to the United Nations, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy has said.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Greece and Turkey are at odds over drilling rights in the region, with the European Union and the United States increasingly critical of Ankara's plans to expand exploration and drilling operations in the coming weeks into areas Athens claims as its own.
Energy and security issues in the area are the subject of "power struggles, particularly of Turkey and Russian Federation", about which the European Union was not doing enough, Macron said.
"More broadly, Europe must undertake a thorough reflection on the security issues in the Mediterranean", said Macron.
"It would be a serious mistake to leave our security in the Mediterranean in the hands of other actors".
France, which denies supporting Haftar but has always been suspected of favouring him, angrily condemned Ankara last month after it said a French navy ship was targeted by a Turkish frigate's missile radar while inspecting cargo en route to Libya.
Following their statements to the press, the two Presidents met in the presence of their delegations to discuss cooperation between Cyprus and France in energy and defence, bilateral relations, Turkey's provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as issues concerning European Union priorities.