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Turkey extends exploration in disputed Mediterranean area to November 4

The row erupted in August when Turkey sent Oruc Reis into waters also claimed by Greece and Cyprus

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the beginning of the coronavirus meeting with his ministers, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | AP/PTI

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the beginning of the coronavirus meeting with his ministers, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | AP/PTI

Reuters ISTANBUL
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey said it was extending the seismic survey work of its Oruc Reis ship in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until Nov. 4, taking a step which was set to fuel tensions in the region.
NATO members Turkey and Greece are locked in a dispute over the extent of their continental shelves and conflicting claims to hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
The row erupted in August when Turkey sent Oruc Reis into waters also claimed by Greece and Cyprus.
Along with two other ships, the Ataman and Cengiz Han, Oruc Reis will continue work in an area south of the Greek island of Rhodes until Nov. 4, a Turkish naval maritime notice said late on Saturday.
A previous notice scheduled survey work in the area until Oct. 27.
Ankara withdrew Oruc Reis last month to allow for diplomacy before a European Union summit, where Cyprus sought sanctions against Turkey. It was sent back this month, prompting an angry response from Greece, France and Germany.
After the summit, the bloc said it would punish Turkey if it continued its operations in the region, in a move Ankara said further strained Turkey-EU ties. Turkey says its operations are within its continental shelf.
 
(Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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First Published: Oct 25 2020 | 12:55 PM IST

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