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Turkey starts new seismic research in east Med amid tensions

Xinhua , Wednesday 12 Aug 2020
Turkish vessel Oruc Reis
File Photo: The Turkish seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis sails on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey (Reuters)
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Turkish seismic research vessel 'Oruc Reis' has begun its survey activities for energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey's Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said Wednesday.

The vessel lowered 1,750 kilometers of seismic cables into the Mediterranean Sea for a two-dimensional seismic survey until Aug. 23, Donmez said on Twitter.

The vessel is "taking the x-ray of our seas,'' he said.

Ankara and Athens have been at odds for some time over the boundaries of their respective continental shelves. Ankara recently stepped up for its hydrocarbon research and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Ankara on Monday announced it will issue new drilling licenses in August in the western border of its continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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