Admiral Hamilton returned in Smyrna after his expedition in Ydra and Nafplio and announced to the other European captains the British neutrality in this War. The British will be equal for the two parties and very severe against piracy. The British navy will not support European ships under neutral flag that do not respect the Greeks blocking of several Turkish ports or European ships that help the transport of Turkish troops in the Greek territory. He also clarifies to the commander of the Austrian Levant fleet that Britain will not support his claims to liberate the Austrian ships captured by the Greeks in Nafplio as, according to the principals recognized by England, these Austrian ships had broken the neutrality rules. After this statement, the Austrian chief had officially requested from all Austrian ships to be neutral and not take part in Turkish operations. This is a major development for the fate of the Greek revolution, as Britain for the first time directly recognized Greece as a state in war.