Athens, Greece – Greece responded to the extension of Turkey’s legal NAVTEX for the seismic research vessel Oruç Reis inside the Turkish continental shelf with a counter NAVTEX on Monday.
According to sources, “following the extension of the previous Turkish legal NAVTEX issued on August 23 for the Oruç Reis’s seismic surveys to August 27 at 23:59, Istanbul time, Greece released an illegal (counter) NAVTEX (of its own) so that its air and naval forces would conduct joint exercises in an area inside the Greek continental shelf and in part the Turkish continental shelf in the wider region of south-eastern Crete, Karpathos, Rhodes and south of the island of Kastellorizo (Meis)”.
The NAVTEX will come into effect from early Tuesday August 25 until late Thursday August 27.
Turkey and Greece locked down! Fighter jets are taking off
Responding to Turkey’s announcement of a new NAVTEX, Greece is embarking on an exercise involving warships and Jets in the hot zone. Two US ships are also on the dangerous show, with the United Arab Emirates taking part in four warplanes.
Greek media report that France and Southern Cyprus also participated in the exercise. The media wrote that the Greek administration had negotiated with Paris for the supply of 12 Rafale fighter jets, but also that Spain and Britain were preparing to provide frigate support to Greece.
Greece had been waiting for days, and Turkey announced a decision on Sunday afternoon, hours before the deadline, leaving the Greek administration in the opposite corner.
The operating time of the Oruç Reis seismic research vessel, which is seeking hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, has been extended by four more days with the announcement of the new NAVTEX. On top of that Greece announced its NAVTEX against as it had done before.
August 25th August, Greece’s Navtex announced by Greece will begin and end on August 27th, just as Turkey did, Greek media reports.
Greek media reports that Greece will engage in an exercise in the region, which both countries have declared an area of activity. The exercise area, which includes the area where Oruç Reis searched, covers Crete, Karpathos, Rhodes and the south of Meis Island.
Greek media wrote that Greece would close the area starting on the morning of 25 August, with warplanes and warships participating. Greek sources say real bullets will be used in the drill. Greek media had earlier reported that no shooting would be carried out in the exercise.
Greek media reported on Sunday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has already taken steps against Ankara in almost every area, would take part in the exercise.
According to reports, the UAE will send four fighter jets to the Suda base on the island of Crete, as well as the US’s USS Philippine and US Winston Churchill warships, which are expected to ship to Suda. French jets had landed on the island of Crete in recent weeks. France and Southern Cyprus will also take part in the exercise, according to reports.
Greek media reported that the Greek administration had negotiated with France for the supply of 12 Rafale fighter jets, but also that Spain and Britain were preparing to provide frigate support to Greece.
On the diplomatic side of the crisis is Germany’s attempts at mediation. Greek media are reporting that German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas will visit both Ankara and Athens later this week.
Greek Cypriot media are reporting that Turkey and Greece will sit down at the table today after the NAVTEX announcement is finished. While the sides were expected to sit down at the table in early August, Turkey responded to Greece’s signing of an agreement with Egypt by sending Oruç Reis to the Eastern Mediterranean.
Less than 24 hours after French President Emmanuel Macron announced on 12 August that he would send troops to the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece and its ally France embarked on a joint exercise off Crete.
The exercise, which began on Thursday, included several Greek frigates, as well as an FS Tonnerre-type warship in which helicopters in the French fleet could take off. The exercise also involved two French Rafale jets landing in the Suda off Crete.
Greek media made the headline announcement of military negotiations between Paris and Athens in July. According to reports, the parties had tabled the purchase of the latest model [email protected] model two frigates from France.
While delivery of the first frigate was being discussed in 2024, Greek media also quoted Greece as saying it would pay 300m euros for the nearly $ 3 billion project due to an economic bottleneck.