Athens is making the international community aware of the dangerous escalation of tension from the Turkish side and the threat of regional stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

With a firm demarche from the Greek Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara and letters to the UN Secretary General, the US Secretary of State, the EU and the International Civil Aviation and Shipping Organizations, Athens protests against the new Turkish map that redefines the search and rescue process, appropriates half of the Aegean as an operational area of action, and essentially challenges Greece’s sovereignty in the Aegean, at the same time that Oruc Reis is constantly moving inside and outside of the Greek continental shelf.

At the same time, the Greek Foreign Minister wrote a letter to the European Commissioner for Enlargement requesting the suspension of the EU-Turkey customs union. Today, Mr. Dendias is going to Tirana, with the course of Greek-Albanian relations, the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the European perspective of the Western Balkans on the agenda. At the tripartite Cyprus-Greece-Egypt Summit that will take place tomorrow in Nicosia, the leaders will discuss Turkey’s provocative acts towards Cyprus and Greece.

Government spokesman, Stelios Petsas, spoke about a clearly illegal decision that Turkey has taken, which covers areas that belong not only to Greek jurisdiction, but also to Greek sovereignty, while when asked about the activity of the research vessel, he denied that it was conducting investigations.

Opposition parties have also called for sanctions against Turkey.