Greece Denounces Turkey After Ankara Extends Mediterranean Survey


On Saturday, Turkey announced it was extending operations for a seismic survey in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until November 4.

In a statement on Sunday, the Greek Foreign Ministry responded by saying it would file a complaint with the Turkish side following the new advisory, which Athens said was in an area within the Greek continental shelf. It described Turkey’s extension of the survey as an “illegal move.”

Turkey withdrew the ship of Oruc Reis last month to allow for diplomacy before an EU summit. After the summit, EU member states said they would impose sanctions against Turkey if it continued its operations in the region. Turkey says its operations are within its continental shelf.

Last week, Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of “imperialist fantasies” in the eastern Mediterranean during a meeting with the leaders of Cyprus and Egypt.

Mitsotakis said Turkey had been using “extreme rhetoric” and taking unilateral actions while ignoring international order as well as appeals for dialogue from the European Union, Russia and the United States.