Tensions between Turkey and Greece continue to rise, as a ship belonging to the Turkish Navy remained anchored in the port of Kas on Friday. Tensions between Turkey and Greece over the exploration of energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean have been escalating after France sent jets to the area and the Greek government placed its military forces on high alert.
The sighting comes as Turkey's Oruc Reis seismic research vessel continued its journey nearby within the country's continental shelf claim escorted by a military outfit. Apparently, in response to Turkey's actions, Greek ships have appeared off the coast of Kastellorizo directly opposite Kas.
Greece recently signed a maritime delimitation agreement with Egypt, significantly overlapping with Turkey's continental shelf claims that were previously ratified with Libya. The Oruc Reis seismic research vessel, which last month conducted seismographic surveys near Kastellorizo, is reportedly carrying out additional surveys in the waters of Greece's continental shelf claims and the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus.
Turkey has long fought for the international recognition of what it considers its maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean and has repeatedly contested oil and gas exploration efforts and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) delineations by Cyprus. Ankara argued that the agreements violate both Turkey's and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's (TRNC) sovereign rights. Athens considers Turkish research a violation of the international law.