The Greek Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Turkey's new Navtex advisory on prolonging seismic research in the disputed waters of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 21st November, 2020) The Greek Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Turkey's new Navtex advisory on prolonging seismic research in the disputed waters of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Earlier in the day, the Turkish navy's Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography said that the country's Oruc Reis research vessel will continue its seismic exploration in waters near the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo, until November 29, as the current Navtex advisory expires on Monday. According to the new Navtex, Oruc Reis will conduct research along with Ataman and Cengizhan vessels.
"Greece condemns this provocative attitude anew, an attitude which dulls any prospect of a constructive dialogue and calls on Turkey to immediately revoke the illegal NAVTEX," the ministry said, as quoted by the ANA-MPA news agency.
Turkey has been engaged in a long-standing maritime border dispute with Greece and Cyprus over the size of their exclusive economic zones in the Eastern Mediterranean. Athens and Nicosia have voiced their strong objection to the presence of Turkish exploration vessels in waters that both Greece and Cyprus claim to be part of their respective exclusive economic zones. The scramble for exclusive rights to the area is exacerbated by the presence of considerable gas deposits in the region.