The Oruc Reis Turkish ship has left port once again on its way towards Greek territorial waters. A few weeks ago, Turkey removed the Oruc Reis and her warships from the area on the threat of EU sanctions that were scheduled to be activated in the event that Turkey maintained its presence, so Turkey ordered the removal of the ship one day before the sanctions were to be activated and now that the EU seems busy, Erdogan ordered the ship out once again, assuming that the EU will further stall sanctions against Turkey at the behest of Germany.
The EU sanctions on Turkey's banking sector are now past-due and would need to be activated as soon as possible to prevent war. NATO is so alarmed that it has sent its own mission in the area to monitor Turkey's war movements. Erdogan has vowed that the Oruc Reis has his orders to cross onto Greek territorial waters as opposed to the Greek continental shelf which leaves absolutely no choice to Greece but to prevent this from happening with military means.
Turkey is betting on the US elections to draw some kind of blood before the US will be able to respond and while Germany is keeping the EU at bay in favour of Turkey.
We may possibly see a German realignment and change of stance as Heiko Mass, Germany's FM cancelled his trip to Turkey arguing that there is no point to it as Turkey is an unwilling interlocutor choosing to go only to Greece instead and this week as well as the next the FM's of most G10 countries are expected in Athens for talks regarding the Turkish problem in particular. Canada wants to participate in the Greek-French-Austrian coalition and military pact.
The US State Department has condemned the Turkish provocation against Greece:
“Coercion, threats, intimidation, and military activity will not resolve tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. We urge Turkey to end this calculated provocation and immediately begin exploratory talks with Greece,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in the statement.
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