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Turkey Steps Up East Med Claims, Energy Drilling, Wants Greek Islands

He told the state news agency Anadolu that Turkey won’t back down from its plans to start drilling in July with the European Union reluctant to confront Erdogan, fearful he will send more refugees and migrants to the bloc, mainly through Greek islands. Anadolu Agency said that dozens of nongovernmental organizations plan to take up a claim with the International Court of Justice in The Hague that 12 of Greece’s eastern Aegean islands, areas of Crete, Western Thrace, Mosul and Kirkuk in Iraq, and the Crimea, legally belong to Turkey. Source The National Herald

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