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EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Turkey extends the research period of Oruç Reis in the Mediterranean

In the early hours of Wednesday, Turkey announced a new NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) extending the period of the research activities of Oruç Reis in the Mediterranean. The previous NAVTEX was expiring on the 14th of November, while the new NAVTEX extended the Turkish seismic research vessel’s activities until the 23rd of November near the Greek island of Kastellorizo.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman responds to the Greek claims

Hami Aksoy, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded to the Greek announcements regarding the newly declared Navtex of Oruç Reis. During the press conference on Thursday, Aksoy said Turkey considers the Greek claims, which states that Turkish seismic research vessel operating in the Eastern Mediterranean is violating the international law, as null and void. He added that these claims are based on the maximalist Greek maritime boundary claims contrary to international law. Lastly, Aksoy underlined that Turkey would protect its sovereign rights and the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, and if Greeks are sincere with their calls for solutions, they should respond to the Turkish calls for dialogue instead of provoking Turkey and asking for the interference of third parties.