It hasn’t succeeded yet, but after Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he hoped “goodwill” will prevail, Greece is pursuing a strategy of trying to create international support against Turkish provocations in the seas. This comes after Turkey has signed an agreement with Libya dividing the seas between them, claiming Greek waters, preparing to mine off Crete for oil, and occupying Rhodes, with Mitsotakis receiving only moral support from the European Union. Apparently, Turkey was emboldened by the lack of response to ships searching for oil and gas off Cyprus, with the EU enforcing just soft sanctions, fearful of getting tougher as Erdogan said it would flood the bloc with millions of refugees and migrants through the already overloaded Greek islands. Turkey does not accept portions of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus (EEZ) or the UN Sea Law unless it invokes it in its favour and also challenges the Continental Shelf between Greece and Turkey under the seas. With the EU unable to do more than issue press releases condemning the agreement, Mitsotakis is searching for other allies, especially French President Emmanual Macron. Energy has become a catalyst and a mystery due to the potential for large oil and gas revenues and has led Greece, Israel and Cyprus to collaborate with Turkey on plans to build the so-called EastMed pipeline to bring energy to the EU, even though there are no investors yet. The line is designed to transport gas from offshore gas reserves between Israel and Cyprus to Greece and then to Italy. Mitsotakis spoke on the phone with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Greek media reported that on January 8, the two foreign ministries will have technical-level discussions on the subject, although Italy is reluctant to participate. SKAI, citing sources it has not identified, said that Greece wants to maintain communication lines with Italy, whose energy company Eni is also drilling off Cyprus, but said the operation would be halted if it produced a confrontation with nearby Turkish warships.