Turkey continued to ramp up tensions in the Aegean on Tuesday as the Oruc Reis seismic research vessel remained atop Greece’s continental shelf, accompanied by Turkish Navy vessels, despite continual warnings from the ships of the Greek Navy nearby.
While the Greek armed forces remain on full alert, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is briefing political leaders and President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on the situation today.
The Greek Foreign Ministry called Turkey‘s act a “new, serious escalation” and accused the country of destabilizing peace in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Turkish Foreign Ministry official Cagatay Erciyes posted a Tweet which stated the “Oruc Reis launched its off-shore survey activity today in the Turkish Continental Shelf declared to UN. Greece makes a big fuss over this activity, claiming that the survey area belongs to Greece.”