Aegean Sea, en route to Piraeus, 6:30 am. Time lapse photo: Manos Gkika
Tensions rising in the Aegean Sea
This week, the Greek navy deployed ships and announced "enhanced preparations" in the wake of recent Turkish maritime activities linked to gas exploration.
“Navy units have been deployed since yesterday [Tuesday] in the south and south-east of the Aegean Sea,” a Greek military source said on Wednesday, speaking to AFP. These units “are ready to respond to any activity,” added the officer.
Greek sailors have been instructed to ignore a maritime navigation restrictions decreed by Turkey as Athens denounced “an escalation of tension” in the region.
In Brussels, Nabila Massrali, spokesperson for the EU, complained that Turkey was sending “the wrong message” with regard to Turkish-European relations.
Turkey “must make an unequivocal commitment to good neighborly relations, [the application] of international agreements and the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with the UN charter”, she told reporters.
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