The two NATO members are at odds over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources in the region [File:Murad Sezer/Reuters]
Turkey sails into contested Mediterranean waters, angering Greece
The move comes amid attempts to set a date for talks to defuse the row between Ankara and Athens.
GreekNewsOnDemand.com comments: The following Al Jazeera article mentions below that “Turkey pulled the vessel out in mid-September to ‘allow for diplomacy’ ahead of an October 1 European Union summit,” but what it fails to mention is that Turkey pulled its vessel out ONLY AFTER it received BILLIONS of more euros from the EU for the “migrant issue” which Greece actually APPROVED!!!
Turkey has dispatched a ship to disputed Eastern Mediterranean waters for a new research mission, prompting anger from Greece.
Turkey’s move on Monday to carry out a seismic survey south of the Greek island Kastellorizo is a major escalation of tensions, threatening peace and security in the area, Greece’s foreign ministry said.
Late on Sunday, Turkey’s navy issued an advisory, saying the Oruc Reis ship would conduct a seismic survey over the next 10 days.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said Oruc Reis left the port of Antalya on Monday to resume its survey of hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
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