A report on proinikordela said that Russian support is on the way. Luckily a Russian submarine armed with missiles has been dispatched to the area from Moscow. In a similar story several days ago on defencenet it was noted that Russia was going to send a conventional submarine, but it has yet to be confirmed whether or not they sent a conventional or nuclear type.
Meanwhile, Ankara triggered by the discovery of oil deposits near Prinos Thassos, has now set its sights on the Northern Aegean and is turning up the tension even more by raising the issue over territorial claims in Greece’s EEZ. An article on defencenet confirmed this claiming that Ankara has hired a new research vessel (Italian flag on a ship called URANIA) to scan the northern Aegean, in the Gulf of Saros or Xirou, on the outskirts of Thrace.
It must be reiterated that the islets of Zourafa and Laksodera which have over the past 130 years been exuming oil are located only 5.82 nautical miles from Samothraki and approximately 14 miles from the Turkish coast. They are two of the 130 islets that Turkey now disputes that belong to Greece. Other Turkish claims, or “grey zones”. of undetermined sovereignty over a number of small islets, most notably the islets of Imia.
In this matter, Greece has the UN Law of the Sea on its side, although the Convention restricts the application of this rule to islands of a notable size, as opposed to small uninhabitable islets and rocks. The precise delimitation of the economic zones is the only one of all the Aegean issues where Greece has officially acknowledged that Turkey has legitimate interests that might require some international process of arbitration or compromise between the two sides.