Athens is calmly monitoring all the movements from Turkey who caused further provocations yesterday by releasing its NAVTEX to survey gas and oil deposits within the Greek continental shelf.
Greece responded with anti-Turkish NAVTEX maneuvers in the area with its navy, ERT reported.
A clear message to Turkey to immediately end the illegal actions that violate Greece’s sovereign rights was sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Greek Embassy in Ankara has already protested.
Greek warships rushed to the area that Turkey plans to violate, while units of the army are on alert. The Greek authorities have already raised the issue with the EU, NATO and the UN.
Greek warships rushed to the region, while the Prime Minister stressed that Greece is following the developments with confidence and absolute readiness, noting that the imposition of European sanctions against Turkey is the only way.
At the same time, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement called on Turkey to immediately end its illegal actions that violate Greece’s sovereign rights and undermine peace and security in the region.
The U.S. State Department called on Turkey to put an end to its plans for research activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The need for international rules to be observed and for all parties to act with restraint in the Eastern Mediterranean was underlined during a telephone conversation between the Nikos Panagiotopoulos, and his American counterpart, Mark Esper.
Opposition Foreign Minister George Katrougalos emphasised that Turkey cannot be allowed to conduct research on the Greek continental shelf.
Meanwhile, KINAL leader Fofi Gennimata said that readiness and determination is needed to prevent Turkey from violating Greece’s sovereign rights.
The so-called allies of the Greek governments – the EU, U.S. and NATO, are doing all they can to “wash their hands” in front of the attitude of the Turkish government, said the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece, Dimitris Koutsoumbas.