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Turkey escalates provocations with Orruc Reis in Greek continental shelf

The Hellenic Navy Hydrographic Service (HNHS) issued a counter-Navtex late on Monday in response to a new illegal Navtex that Turkey issued for the ‘Oruc Reis’ seismic survey ship.

Greece underlined that Turkey’s Navtex is illegal as it has been issued by a non-authorised service and concerns an area that is within Greece’s continental shelf.

The new Turkish Navtex issued for Orus Reis is valid September 2-12, 2020. According to the given coordinates, the Orus Reis will operate within the Greek continental shelf, south of the island of Kastellorizo.

In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, the Greek Foreign Ministry said the country will not be blackmailed.

“Turkey continues to faithfully fulfill the role of troublemaker and destabilising factor in the region,” the statement said.

“It continues to ignore calls for dialogue and to escalate its provocations. It continues to mire itself in the impasses of its own choices and to undermine security and stability in the region, compelling the international community to take measures,” it added.

“Based exclusively on International Law, the Law of the Sea and the rules of good neighbourly relations, Greece will continue to pursue agreements for the delimitation of its maritime zones with all the countries of the region.”

“We call on Turkey to desist from its daily ranting and to work for security and stability in the region,” the statement of the Greek Foreign Ministry concluded.

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