Turkey has issued a navigational telex reserving a large area south of the island of Kastellorizo, within Greece’s continental shelf, for military exercises on Sunday, July 7th as Greeks go to general elections.
The Turkish Navtex has reserved an area stretching from the south of Kastellorizo westwards towards Rhodes for exercises that will use live ammunition.
The move comes a day after Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, warned Cyprus that his country will not hesitate to use force over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
Speaking on Turkey’s state television, he pointed out that “[The Cypriots] cannot take unilateral steps in the eastern Mediterranean.”
“If they dare, they will get the same answer as in the past,” he was quoted as saying in a chilling reference to the Turkish invasion of 1974.