Greece has continued "provocative" steps despite diplomatic efforts made by Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint news conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto in Ankara on Tuesday.
The minister added that "problems with the EU can only be solved if they act with common sense at the EU summit and later". Cavusoglu went on to say that Ankara expects the EU to act as an objective mediator in the dispute.
This comes after EU foreign ministers said on Monday that Turkey had failed to help resolve a dispute with Greece and Cyprus over drilling for natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean. They added, however, that any decision on retaliatory sanctions will be made at an EU summit on 10-11 December.
On the same day, Daily Sabah published a video message from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emphasising that Ankara will not tolerate any attempts made by other countries in order to confine Turkey "to the Antalya bay in Eastern Mediterranean". He also said that if Greece wants a lasting solution to the eastern Mediterranean issue, it should rely on diplomacy.
Relations between Turkey and the EU have been strained in recent months amid a row over drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, with Greece and Cyprus opposing Turkish operations in the disputed waters.