Turkey Extends Seismic Survey in Contested Waters in Eastern Mediterranean

Oruc Reis - Credit: Cengiz Tokgoz/MarineTraffic.com

Oruc Reis – Credit: Cengiz Tokgoz/ MarineTraffic.com

Turkey claimed it was expanding the seismic study job being accomplished by its Oruc Reis ship in a questioned component of the eastern Mediterranean up untilNov 29, an action that can include in stress in the area.

NATO participants Turkey and also Greece are secured a disagreement over the degree of their continental racks and also clashing cases to hydrocarbon sources in the eastern Mediterranean.

The row appeared in August when Turkey sent out the Oruc Reis right into waters additionally declared by Greece and also Cyprus.

It had actually been anticipated to complete its study job byNov 23, yet a Turkish marine maritime notification claimed on Saturday the vessel would certainly proceed operate in a location west of Cyprus for 6 days much longer.

Ankara drew the vessel out in September  to enable diplomacy with Greece, yet after that sent it back to the location, motivating an upset response from Greece, France, and also Germany.

President Tayyip Erdogan claimed Turkey had actually acted patiently on the eastern Mediterranean problem regardless of what he called justifications by Greece and also Greek Cypriots.

“EU accusations… about our determined research and drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean to protect Turkey’s rights and Turkish Cypriot interests do not reflect history, law and reality,” Erdogan claimed in a speech.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and also Ezgi Erkoyun Editing by Mark Potter and also Helen Popper)

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