Ankara, Turkey – Turkey announced that research vessel Cesme has begun doing “hydrographic research” in the northern Aegean Sea, and will continue until March 2, 2021.

In response to Greek statement that Turkey seeks to heighten tension in the area, Turkey’s defense ministry sources said that “the scientific and research studies do not cover the seabed (are) carried out in full compliance with the 1976 Bern consensus.”

Turkey accuses Greece of being the one actually stoking tensions, mentioning several ships that are carrying research out in the Aegean.