Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey extends gas exploration in Eastern Mediterranean

News Agencies – The Turkish navy yesterday announced that its gas exploration vessel will continue working until 12 September, Anadolu Agency reported.

Oruc Reis will continue working until 12 September.

Despite the rhetoric, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday his country favours a dialogue with rival Greece that would lead to the fair sharing of resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

“We favour a joint solution that involves sitting around the table to negotiate with all sides in the eastern Mediterranean, for everyone to benefit from the eastern Mediterranean resources in a just manner or for the sharing [of resources] fairly,” Cavusoglu said.

Relations between Greece and Turkey worsened recently after Turkey announced that its surveying ship Oruc Reis had started seismic exploration activities in a zone of the eastern Mediterranean south of Antalya and west of Cyprus.

Seismic surveys are part of the preparatory work for potential hydrocarbon exploration. Oruç Reis seismic research ship can perform all kinds of geological, geophysical, hydrographic and oceanographic research, especially the continental shelf and natural resource searches.

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