Ankara, Turkey – “It is unacceptable to object to the operation of our country, which has the longest coast in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15 kilometers from the mainland,” the Ministry of foreign affairs said, citing unfounded allegations of Navtex published by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the activity of Oruç Reis.
After a month of maintenance and repair, the Oruç Reis ship began to resume seismic research activities from where it left off today, the ministry said in a written statement. It was stated that this activity, which will last until 22 October 2020, is completely within the Turkish continental shelf. The area of activity is 15 kilometers closest to Turkey and 425 kilometers away from the Greek mainland:
“The Greek Foreign Ministry reiterated its objections in a statement today, citing unfounded claims incompatible with international law. It is unacceptable to object to the fact that it operates 15 kilometers from the mainland of our country, which has the longest coast in the eastern Mediterranean. This objection is based on the claims of maximalist maritime jurisdiction of Greece, embodied by the map of Seville. However, it has also been made public by the EU and the United States that the Seville map is legally invalid. As Greece claims, the creation of the island of Meis with a sea area of 40 thousand square kilometers is not consistent with international law or with international court decisions. In fact, the Greek side is well aware that these demands are maximalist. Our expectation from Greece is that it will withdraw its maximalist claims against international law, incarnate with the Seville map, end its exercises and military activities that increase tensions in the Aegean and Mediterranean, and enter into a sincere dialogue with us, especially the exploratory negotiations.”