In the text of the conclusions (Declaration of Ajaccio) of MED7 and specifically in paragraph 6 concerning peace and stability in the Mediterranean, the leaders express their full support and solidarity in Greece and Cyprus for the repeated violations of sovereignty and sovereign rights, and for Turkey’s aggressive actions.
They call on all countries in the region to comply with international law, in particular International Maritime Law, and encourage all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation.
As the text of the MED7 declaration shows, the leaders of the South are indirectly calling on their EU partners at the September 24th and 25th Summit to adopt sanctions that extend even further into the economic field. As stated in the declaration for Turkey, “if it does not end its unilateral activities, the EU is ready to draw up a list of further restrictive measures that could be discussed at the European Council on 24-25 September 2020”.
New Navtex for Oruc Reis?
Nevertheless, the Turkish leadership insists on the hard line and the inflammatory rhetoric, even setting unimaginable “conditions” for the dialogue with Athens, which show that it is asking for it ostensibly.
Today, Saturday 12 September, Navtex ends for the Oruc Reis and all eyes are on the neighboring country in anticipation of the next move, which seems to include a new Navtex.
Besides, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşo στιςlu, on August 29 had stated that Oruc Reis will remain in the if. Mediterranean for 3 months. In fact, he had clarified that “partial” Navtex will be issued continuously until the end of November.
In any case, Ankara does not stay only in the Navtex of Oruc Reis, since it has issued a new Navtex with which it commits an area north of Cyprus for a real fire exercise from 12 to 14 September. In fact, the occupied area includes part of the Occupied Territories, which will serve as the basis for this exercise of the Turkish fleet.
In fact, the communication counterattack continued today with Turkey, through a post of the Turkish Ministry of Defense, on twitter, notes that “the research ships Oruc Reis and Barbaros, which continue seismic research and drilling activities in the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Yavuz and Fatih drills are still accompanied and protected by our naval forces. “