- Aug 25, 2020
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Immediately after the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu clashed Thursday during an unusually frank and heated press conference in Ankara.
Turkey is challenging for the first time; the Greek-Egyptian EEZ and sent a Turkish frigate into the area south of Crete to threaten a French research ship studying the Greek continental shelf.
The French research ship «L’ATALANTE» requested permission from Greece to proceed with investigations well within the EEZ defined by the Greece-Egypt agreement west of the 28th meridian.
For the first time, Turkey did not issue a Anti Navtex but proceeded to send a frigate in order to drive the French research ship out.
The French research is accompanied by a frigate of the Greek Navy
The Turkish navy is threatening a French survey ship east of Crete. The ship was given permission by Greek authorities to conduct Surveys off the coast of Crete. A Turkish frigate illegally entered the area to confront the survey ship. Tensions are high.