Greece believes that it is unacceptable to find a Turkish vessel in the EEZ of Cyprus
Greece finds it unacceptable that the Turkish research vessel Barbaros will carry out seismic exploration of oil and gas resources in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Cyprus, said the official representative of the government of Greece Stelios Petsas at a briefing on Thursday.
According to him, Ankara has made a positive step towards de-escalation of relations with Greece after the "illegal" warning NAVTEX (Navtex) of 21 July about the conduct of seismic research in the area of kastellorizo.
"Unfortunately, at the same time, Turkey issued a Navtex on exploration in EEZ of Cyprus, and Barbaros is located in Cyprus. And this is unacceptable. It is a practical extension of her offense," said Petsas.
"Greece will continue to consistently support the Republic of Cyprus in its efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem, and in its efforts to combat crime in Turkey. Already this morning the Prime Minister held a telephone conversation with President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis," - said the official representative of the government of Greece.
Turkey does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, contests the limits of its exclusive economic zone. Turkey constantly sends to the area near Cyprus their research and drilling vessels accompanied by warships.
With regard to relations with Greece, that the hydrographic service of Antalya on July 21 issued an international warning on Navtex the seismic research to the South and East of the island of kastellorizo from 21 July to 2 August. In Ankara it was announced that a research ship Oruc Reis will be in the area. There was also a Turkish warships.
Greece claims that the area is in its exclusive economic zone. Greece issued its Navtex notification that cancelled Turkish. The Hellenic armed forces have been alerted across the country. The Greek foreign Ministry has announced that it has protested Turkey and Greece have raised this issue in the EU, NATO and the United Nations.
Turkey has called the claims of Greece regarding Turkey has initiated seismic studies in the area of kastellorizo unfounded. As stated by the official representative of Turkish MFA Hami Aksoy, the ship Vdvs Reis conducts research within the continental shelf of Turkey, on the borders of which Ankara has notified the UN.