Greece slammed on Monday the Turkish move to carry out a seismic survey in the eastern Mediterranean south of Greek island Kastellorizo, amid tensions over energy rights.
In an official statement, Greece Foreign Ministry called this decision as a “direct threat to regional peace”.
“Turkey is unreliable and does not sincerely desire dialogue,” the statement read, adding that Ankara was “the foremost factor of instability” in the region “from Libya to the Aegean and Cyprus, Syria, Iraq and now Nagorno-Karabakh.”
Late Sunday, Turkey’s navy issued an advisory, saying that the Oruc Reis ship would conduct a seismic survey in the eastern Mediterranean over the next 10 days.
According to Turkey’s maritime notice, two other vessels, the Ataman and Cengiz Han along with the Oruc Reis exploration ship, will continue works in an area including the south of Kastellorizo until Oct. 22.
It is worth mentioning that, last month, Ankara withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters to “allow for diplomacy” ahead of a European Union summit, according to Reuters.
After the summit the bloc said it would punish Turkey if it continued its operations in the region, in a move Ankara said further strained Turkey-EU ties.