With the issuance of a new Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) issued on Friday, March 8, Turkey intends to block off a large area in the Central Aegean Sea for new military exercises.
The new NAVTEX comes only a few days after the end of the wide-ranging ”Blue Homeland” military exercise conducted by Turkey between February and March.
According to the Turkish telex, the area in the Aegean Sea will be used by Turkey for eight different days and group of days between March 11 and April 30.
The large area that the Turkish armed forces intends to use for its military exercises lies between the islands of Skyros and Chios, exactly in the middle of the Aegean Sea between the two countries.
Greek officials have not responded to the Turkish announcement yet.
The new exercise could be seen as yet another Turkish provocation, because it blocks off a large area of the Aegean for a very long period of time.