Turkey extends stay of its survey vessels in disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until October 27

In a move that is likely to further escalate tensions between Turkey and Greece, Turkey has said that it has extended until October 27, the stay of its Oruc Reis survey vessel and two other ships in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean, that had earlier been scheduled to work until October 22.

In a maritime notice, Turkey’s Navy announced, “Two other vessels, the Ataman and Cengiz Han, along with Oruc Reis will continue working in an area southeast of the Greek island of Rhodes until October 27.”

The tensions escalated in August this year when Ankara sent Oruc Reis to waters also claimed by Greece and Cyprus. Also, NATO members Turkey and Greece are not in good terms over conflicting claims to hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

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