Faced once again with Turkish provocations, Athens speaks of a direct threat to peace and security, and brings the issue to the European Council.

Ankara’s move to send the Oruc Reis vessel for research in the Eastern Mediterranean, within the Greek continental shelf, 6.5 nautical miles south of Kastellorizo, is a serious escalation that shakes any effort in relation to exploratory contacts.

Turkey must avoid provocations in the eastern Mediterranean, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said today, adding that his country is in solidarity with Greece and Cyprus, its EU partners.

“Ankara must end the interplay between detente and provocation if the government is interested in talks – as it has repeatedly affirmed,” Maas said before leaving Berlin for his official visit to Greece and Cyprus.

The German Foreign Minister urged Turkey to remain open for talks and to not resume gas exploration. In view of this development, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, will meet today the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, to talk about the situation in the eastern Mediterranean.

The French Foreign Ministry called yesterday on Turkey to abstain from new provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, expressing concern over the deployment of the research vessel from Ankara to the region, in a zone that is at the heart of tensions between Turkey and the European Union.