In a transfer positive to escalate its territorial spat with Greece, Turkey extended a analysis mission in contested Jap Mediterranean waters, with Ankara saying it received’t be scared away by Athens’ navy drills within the space.
The Turkish authorities has ordered the ‘Oruc Reis’ vessel to proceed with experimental drilling and seismic works within the Jap Mediterranean, the place fuel and oil deposits have been not too long ago found. The analysis mission, initially scheduled to finish on Thursday, was prolonged by a couple of extra days till September 1.
In a separate twist, Turkey’s navy issued a maritime advisory, often known as Navtex, warning passing ships of a live-fire train that may happen close to Iskenderun, northeast of Cyprus.
Notably, Greece has launched rival drills off the island’s southern shores, with the French and Italian militaries collaborating.
Firing again in response to the obvious geopolitical message, Protection Minister Hulusi Akar mentioned it might be “a pipe dream” to imagine that “it might be potential to thwart the Turkish Armed Forces’ operations with workouts and comparable actions.”
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued an identical assertion on Wednesday, saying that Ankara received’t compromise on “what it’s entitled to” within the Mediterranean, Black and Aegean Seas.
Each Greece and Turkey assert overlapping claims to components of Jap Mediterranean waters surrounding the islands of Crete and Cyprus. Whereas upping the ante within the current disagreement, each side have nonetheless signaled readiness for diplomatic dialogue.
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