The US is looking to discuss military cooperation with Greece

Several meetings between the two sides have been already held, US State Department claims

The United States is interested in discussing military cooperation with ally Greece amid increasing activity in the Eastern Mediterranean, the US State Department told Turkish media Ahval on Friday.

According to the source, US officials have already held several meetings with their Greek counterparts over the last few months, all of which have been positive for both our countries and for the alliance, a senior state department official said during a special briefing.

"We have seen a lot of activity in recent months and years, and our partnership with our ally Greece is fundamentally important to that,’’ the official said.

As Ahval reminds, the statement from the US State Department official coincides with discussions about Turkey drifting away from the West and into the arms of Russia, following its purchase of the S-400 systems, among other developments.

Potential oil and gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean have led to soaring tensions between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 into predominantly Greek south, whose government is internationally recognised, and the Turkish north, whose sovereignty is only recognised by Ankara.

Nicosia and Athens disagree with Ankara’s claims of drilling rights in the region. Turkey, the only nation to recognise Northern Cyprus, maintains that attempts by Cyprus to conduct gas exploration are a violation of the rights of the Turkish part of the divided island.

The EU in July approved sanctions against Turkey over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. Yet, Turkey maintains two vessels that are drilling for gas on either end of ethnically divided island and has vowed to continue drilling in the region.

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