(ANSA) – ANKARA, OCTOBER 12 – Turkey has announced that it intends to send the Oruc Reis research ship, already at the center of an energy rights dispute with Greece, to the eastern Mediterranean, a move that could reignite tensions with Athens. The Turkish Navy said the Oruc Reis ship will carry out activities in the area, also moving south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo, from today until 22 October. This is learned from a message sent to the Navtex maritime alert system.
Turkey and Greece have been competing for rights to search for natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean since August, when the two neighboring countries and both NATO members organized rival air and naval exercises in strategic waters between Cyprus and the Greek island. of Crete. The ship will be joined in the new “seismic detection” mission by two other ships, the Ataman and the Cengiz Han.
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