New Turkish NAVTEX undermines Greek-Turkish reconciliation efforts

PoliticsForeign Policy Tags: Cyprus, EastMed, European Union, Turkey

Greece was caught by surprise on Sunday night when Turkey decided to issue a NAVTEX for the Oruc Reis research vessel to conduct new surveys for hydrocarbon resources in an area that Athens claims to be part of its continental shelf.

The Greek Foreign Ministry reacted on Monday by accusing Ankara of undermining efforts to ease recent tensions between the two countries. Athens condemned the move as a “major escalation and a direct threat to peace and security in the region” adding th...

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