Greece Slams Turkey’s Move to Send Research Ship to East Med as ‘Direct Threat to Regional Peace’

The gas reserves of the eastern Mediterranean have been in the centre of tensions between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, which all have competing claims to the territory.

Greece’s foreign ministry condemned Turkey’s decision to send a research ship to the eastern Mediterranean sea as a “direct threat to regional peace and security”, according to an official statement cited by AFP.

The statement comes as Turkey has announced that it will send its research ship Oruc Reis back to a disputed Mediterranean gas field after it initially returned to the country’s shores following a political escalation between Ankara and Athens. 

On Sunday, the Turkish navy confirmed that the country would continue its research activities in the area until 22 October, according to information shared through the NAVTEX alert system. 

Last week, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Bratislava as a part of GLOBSEC forum, the first high-profiles talks between the two powers since the east Med tensions resumed between the two this summer. During the meeting, Turkey committed to setting a date for talks on exploratory rights in the area.

The Greek ministry noted that Turkey’s decision to send the ship back to the disputed waters showed that the country was “unreliable”.

“We call on Turkey to recall its decision”, Greece insisited.

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