Defense Minister returns to Greece in a hurry as Turkey increases tensions in the East Mediterranean

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Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos is hurrying back to Athens after new developments in the Eastern Mediterranean after the new provocative actions made by the Turks.

Turkey's provocative decision to issue a NAVTEX and re-launch the Turkish Oruç Reis research vessel into Greece's maritime space and continental shelf has alerted the government and the Armed Forces.

Panagiotopoulos, who went to Portugal to meet with his Portuguese counterpart, João Gomes Cravinho, is changing his program and instead of Tuesday, he will take the return by plane to Greece today.

According to government spokesman Stelios Petsas, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will raise the issue of Turkish provocation with President of the European Council Charles Michel based on Ankara's latest moves ahead of the European Council meeting on Thursday and Friday.

Petsas said that Turkey's actions put it on the sidelines and referred to the statement of Josep Borrell, the head of the European Union diplomacy, that one of the main issues that the EU Foreign Ministers will focus on at their meeting today will be the "Turkish drilling in the Mediterranean."

One of the key issues to be addressed by EU foreign ministers will be "Turkish drilling in the Mediterranean", EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell told the Council of Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg.

At the same time, the EU relations with Russia, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the situation in Belarus, Latin America, the Caribbean, but also the issue of Artsakh will be discussed, according to Borrell.

The press conference will take place at approximately 16:15 Greek time.