Athens, Greece – Greece’s Iraklio Navtex station on the island of Crete Monday issued a counter-Navtex in response to Turkey’s maritime advisor Sunday saying that the Turkish ship Oruc Reis will carry out a seismic survey in the eastern Mediterranean over the next ten days.

In a statement Monday, the Greek Foreign Ministry said that the Turkish Navtex for exploration south of the island of Kastellorizo (Meis) “constitutes a major escalation and direct threat to peace and security in the region.” It urged Turkey to recall its decision.

Reports monday said that the Oruc Reis has left the port of Antalya.