The back and forth on the eastern Mediterranean tension continues. Turkish authorities recently declared a NAVTEX, stating the seismic research activities via the controversial ship Oruç Reis would hold.
Greek government declared a statement after Turkey’s declaration to continue seismic research in the region. The Greek government will not attend to the exploratory talks with Turkish authorities, said Stelios Petsas, the spokesperson of the government, underlying that the NAVTEX of Turkey is a threat to the regional security and peace.
A statement was made by the US External Affairs amidst the Turkish NAVTEX.
"Coercion, threats, intimidation, and military activity will not resolve tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. We urge Turkey to end this calculated provocation and immediately begin exploratory talks with Greece,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said, adding Washington “deplores” Ankara’s decision.