Turkey will redeploy the analysis ship on the centre of an power row with Greece to the japanese Mediterranean on Monday, a call slammed by Athens as a “direct threat to peace”.
The row over gas exploration within the japanese Mediterranean noticed the 2 NATO nations stage rival army drills in August in strategic waters between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete.
Greece claims rights over the waters round its island of Kastellorizo however Turkey says its longer shoreline makes the territory a authentic space for its vessels to discover.
The Turkish Navy stated the Oruc Reis ship will perform actions within the area, together with the south of Kastellorizo, till October 22. The vessel shall be joined within the newest “seismic survey” mission by two different ships referred to as Ataman and Cengiz Han, the message stated.
Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez delivered a defiant message through Twitter on Monday that Turkey “will continue to search, dig and protect our rights”. “If there is (natural gas), we will absolutely find it,” he stated.