Turkish hackers claimed on Friday to have hijacked for more than 90 minutes the official websites of the Greek parliament, the foreign affairs and economy ministries, as well as the country’s stock exchange.
On their Facebook page, the hackers group, Anka Neferler Tim, justified their actions by saying that “Greece is threatening Turkey in the Aegean Sea and in the Eastern Mediterranean. And now it’s threatening the conference on Libya”, AFP reported.
The hacking came as Eastern Libya military leader Khalifa Haftar held talks in Athens, two days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin, which he and the head of Tripoli’s UN-recognised government, Fayez al-Sarraj, are expected to attend.
Ankara is providing military support for the government of Sarraj and has announced it is sending troops to Libya to help push back attacks by Haftar’s forces.
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Turkish officials have told MEE that Ankara is determined to preserve its maritime and security deals with Libya, which are essential to defend Turkish interests in the Eastern Mediterranean against Greek exclusive economic zone claims.
Turkey and Libya signed two deals in November, one on military cooperation and another on maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Erdogan said Turkey will quickly start granting licences for exploration and drilling in the region. “In the areas that remain between Turkey and Libya, it is now legally impossible for there to be exploration and drilling activities or a pipeline without the approval of both sides,” he said.
Greece is furious at the pact between Turkey and Sarraj’s government as the two parties seek to map out a maritime boundary that would skim the Greek island of Crete, which Greece and allies say is contrary to international law.
Maritime boundaries may give nations the right to explore for hydrocarbon energy sources in an as-yet untapped part of the Mediterranean.
Greece says it will exercise a European Union veto on any peace pact in Libya that does not void the Turkish-Libyan maritime deal.
The Greek government has not been invited to the conference in Berlin, which is aimed at kickstarting a peace process in Libya under the aegis of the United Nations.
Still, two days before the conference, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Haftar, urging him to “maintain the constructive stance in Berlin”.