Greece denied harassing Turkish Petroleum Inc.'s operating Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha vessel. The ship conducts studies in Eastern Mediterranean. According to information obtained from Turkish sources, Greek Nikiforos Focas frigate harassed Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha ship. Upon this, elements of the Turkish Navy Command blocked the Greek warship harassing the research vessel and put the Turkish ship in close protection.
The Greek press denied allegations of harassment of the ship. Greek City Times, referring to the Greek defence forces, ” Greece cannot accept that Turkey is raising the tension,” he wrote. The newspaper wrote that the ship Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha was operating in the hydrocarbon exploration area of the Greek Cypriot Administration, and that Greek warships followed this work.