Since the discovery of large gas reserves in the Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey have been fighting over sea areas. The Turkish government is now expanding the use of its reconnaissance vessel again.

Turkey has again expanded the use of its gas exploration vessel “Oruç Reis” in controversial sea areas in the Eastern Mediterranean. The research vessel will continue the mission until November 14, the Turkish navy announced on Sunday in a message about the Navtex maritime warning system. Ankara has already expanded the controversial use of the research vessel several times.

Since the discovery of rich gas reserves in the region, there has been a heated dispute over its exploitation. EU members Greece, Cyprus and Turkey lay claim to the affected sea areas.

Concerns about military conflict

Ankara and Athens have also sent warships to the region in recent months. This raised concern in the EU about the dispute in a military conflict between the two NATO partners.

After a severe earthquake in the Aegean Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday with deaths in both countries. “Regardless of our differences, we have to stand together in these times,” Mitsotakis said after the phone call. Erdogan spoke of solidarity “in difficult times”.

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