Greece on Monday accused Turkey of “threatening peace” within the jap Mediterranean and referred to as a navy assembly after Ankara resumed oil and gasoline exploration close to a Greek island.
The Greek overseas ministry mentioned that Turkey’s determination to deploy seismic analysis ship Oruc Reis constituted a “new severe escalation” and “uncovered” Turkey’s “destabilizing position”.
Energy exploration within the gas-rich jap Mediterranean is a frequent supply of pressure between Turkey and a bloc of neighbors together with Greece, Cyprus, and Israel.
The Greek ministry mentioned Athens “won’t settle for any blackmail” and “will defend its sovereignty and its sovereign rights.”.
The announcement got here after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis conferred with navy chiefs and his overseas minister.
Mitsotakis’ workplace mentioned the prime minister had spoken to EU Council President Charles Michel on the difficulty, and would later communicate to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
A senior Greek minister added that navy ships have been monitoring the Turkish seismic analysis ship.
“We are in full political and operational readiness,” Minister of State George Gerapetritis mentioned on state TV ERT.
“Most of the fleet is able to be deployed wherever essential,” he mentioned.
Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez had earlier tweeted that the Oruc Reis had “reached the vacation spot the place work could be undertaken”, close to the island of Kastellorizo.
Turkey despatched out a message on NAVTEX, the worldwide maritime navigational telex system, saying the vessel could be finishing up actions off the island of Kastellorizo between August 10 and 23.
The transfer got here simply days after the NATO allies appeared near talks over disputed maritime zones within the Aegean.
Turkey had referred to as off an earlier search by the Oruc Reis final month to carry negotiations with Greece and Germany, which holds the rotating EU presidency.
But the temper soured final week after Greece and Egypt signed an settlement to arrange an unique financial zone within the area.
The Turkish overseas ministry mentioned the “so-called maritime deal” was “null and void”.
Egypt, Cyprus and Greece have likewise denounced a contentious deal, together with a safety settlement, signed final 12 months between Ankara and UN-recognized authorities in Libya.
Greece, Cyprus and Israel in January signed an settlement for an enormous pipeline undertaking to move gasoline from the jap Mediterranean to Europe regardless of Turkey’s hostility to the deal.