Thursday, October 22, 2020

Turkey points new NAVTEX for analysis ship within the East Med

Must Read

Protestors at UK’s Speaker’s Corner voice towards MSR’s unlawful detention

Pakistani journalists related to varied media shops and journalist unions might be seen protesting towards Jang group Editor-in-Chief...

Putin says he personally requested that opposition determine Navalny be permitted to travel to Germany for remedy

Vladimir Putin has denied Russia’s involvement in Alexei Navalny’s alleged poisoning, saying he requested prosecutors to permit the...

Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib could also be omen of conflict

Oct 22, 2020 Turkey has begun withdrawing from army remark posts in regime-held enclaves in Idlib, the final...

Turkey has issued a brand new Navigation Telex (NAVTEX) for its analysis vessel Oruc Reis to conduct seismic operations throughout the Greek continental shelf within the Eastern Mediterranean, prompting a brand new spherical of tensions between the 2 NATO allies.
The NAVTEX issued on Monday foresees that the vessel shall be trying to find oil and gasoline from October 12 to 22, with Oruc Reis anticipated to move very near the Greek complicated of Kastellorizo, Ro and Stroggili, with out coming into nonetheless, the nation’s territorial waters. Two different vessels, the Ataman and Cengiz Han will accompany Oruc Reis over the following ten days.
Reacting to the announcement, Greece issued its personal counter NAVTEX and referred to as on Ankara to instantly recall the choice, labelling the move as a “direct threat to peace in the region.”
“The new Turkish Navtex on surveys south of Kastellorizo within the Greek continental shelf, at a distance of just 6.5 nautical miles from Greek shores, is a major escalation,” the Greek Foreign Ministry stated in a press release.
Athens additionally vowed to push the EU to undertake sanctions in opposition to Turkey, because the bloc’s leaders determined in October throughout a rare summit to punish Turkey if it continued operations within the area, a move that might result in sanctions as quickly as December. In a counter assertion on Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry against Athens’ feedback, citing that “It is unacceptable for there to be opposition against our country, which has the longest coastline to the Eastern Mediterranean, operating 15 kilometers from its mainland.”
It added that the Greece’s criticism was “baseless accusations with no standing in international law.”
Earlier within the month, the 2 NATO allies had agreed to renew exploratory talks on the Eastern Mediterranean, amid mounting calls by the European Union to proceed with dialogue. They additionally agreed to arrange a mechanism, which is designed to cut back the chance of incidents and accidents within the area and consists of the creation of a hotline between Athens and Ankara that can facilitate deconfliction at sea or within the air.
The new NAVTEX got here two days earlier than the go to of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to Ankara, which geared toward kick-starting these talks. Athens supported that Ankara’s move to proceed with the oil and gasoline explorations south of its island of Kastellorizo confirmed that Turkey is “unreliable” and “does not really truly want a dialogue.”
“Turkey has proven it lacks credibility. All those who believed Turkey meant all it said before the European summit of October 1-2 now stand corrected,” Greek authorities spokesperson Stelios Petsas stated on Monday.

Latest News

More Articles Like This