The Greek fleet remains on full operational alert and vigilant until the end of the illegal Turkish NAVTEX on August 2nd, despite indications of a partial de-escalation of tension on the part of Ankara and the fact that the Oruc Reis research vessel is still anchored port of Antalya.

“The crisis will end when both fleets return to their ports”, said Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis.

Athens continues the diplomatic marathon, saying that it remains open to dialogue with Turkey, but not under the regime of threats and blackmail.

At the same time, voices are growing inside Turkey expressing concern about these scenes of religious fanaticism.

Among them, Turkish Nobelist writer Orhan Pamuk, who criticized the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, commenting that “Erdogan’s decision simply means that we no longer respect the secular state of Kemal Ataturk”.