On October 12, tensions between Greece and Turkey escalated in the eastern Mediterranean region. This came after Ankara sent a research ship into a hotly disputed area.
It must be noted that ties between Greece and Turkey, the two NATO members, are complicated due to a range of disputes from jurisdiction in the Mediterranean to ethnically split Cyprus.
The Oruc Reis of Turkey seeks to carry out work in south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo that is close to Turkey’s coast, a move that prompted Greece to issue a new demand for EU sanctions on Ankara over offshore exploration rights.
The Foreign Ministry of Greece has described the move by Turkey as a “major escalation” and a direct threat to peace in the region” while on the other hand Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has said that Turkey’s operations are within its continental shelf. Adding further, Akar said that Ankara expects Greece to refrain from measures escalating tensions between the two nations.