Shortly after 11.30 on Saturday night, Turkish embassy in Washington deletes controversial tweet announcing Oruc Reis launches seismic investigation……
The Turkish embassy in Washington announced the beginning of seismic investigations by the research vessel Oruc Reis on Saturday afternoon.. "The Turkish ship Oruc Reis started seismic surveys inside the Turkish continental shelf in the eastern Mediterranean", the post states. The same post states that "Turkey exercises its sovereign rights under international law.". Sure, shortly after 11.30 on Saturday night, Turkish embassy in Washington deletes controversial tweet announcing Oruc Reis launches seismic investigation.
In this, The Turkish embassy accused Greece of pretending that the research area was within Greek territorial waters "in an attempt to justify its maximalist aspirations., based in Kastelorizo ". At the same time, he underlined that the existence of a maritime zone on the island "is unacceptable. "Greece's maximalist pursuit is contrary to international law.".
Turkish vessel #OruçReis started seismic researches within Turkey’s continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean. #Turkey exercises its sovereign rights and jurisdiction stemming from international law over its continental shelf. pic.twitter.com/JpTUTMmrkR
— Turkish Embassy DC (@TurkishEmbassy) July 25, 2020
However, as shown on the Marine Traffic map, the boat is moored off the coast of Antalya – until midnight on Saturday. The same time, this information - about traffic and research- was not confirmed by the Greek Pentagon and everyone said that it was a diplomatic game of impressions on the part of Turkey – as it almost turned out, after deleting the tweet.
The same time, the correspondent of Open Tv and ethnos.gr in Istanbul, Maria Zacharakis, reported that the two Turkish frigates that protected the research ship in the Gulf of Antalya were not next to him today, as reported by the DHA news agency. in any case, as noted by the journalist, Oruc Reis is still anchored off Antalya.