“The new illegal Turkish Navtex at a distance of only 6.5 nautical miles from the Greek coast is a major escalation and a direct threat to peace and security in the region,” the Greek foreign ministry said.
“Just a few days after the meeting of the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey, during which the Turkish side promised to propose a date for exploratory contacts, its unreliability is demonstrated again as well as the fact that Turkey sincerely does not want dialogue. It insists on aggressive and illegal tactics of past centuries, clearly confirming its role as the pre-eminent factor of instability and delinquency in the region from Libya to the Aegean and Cyprus, Syria, Iraq and now Nagorno-Karabakh,” the ministry added.
Stressing that “Turkey systematically ignores international law, maritime law and the rules of good neighborliness,” the Greek Foreign Ministry also noted that Turkey “is provocatively indifferent to the European Union’s urges to comply with international law, as a self-evident condition of every step forward in Euro-Turkish relations.”
“We call on Turkey to immediately reverse its decision. To immediately end its illegal actions through which it systematically undermines peace and security in the region,” Athens said., adding Greece will not be blackmailed and will continue to defend its sovereignty and sovereign rights, while contributing to the consolidation of regional security and stability,” the ministry statement said.
Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Monday noon that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will brief European Council President Charles Michel on the latest Turkish provocation and will push to include the issue in the upcoming Summit on October 15-16.
Yet, Turkish officials insisted the ship was only undergoing planned maintenance and would return to the eastern Mediterranean to continue its work
PS Do Merkel and Berlin seriously believe that they will convince Ankara to refrain from provocative actions and abandon its expansion policies?