WORLD Turkey starts new seismic research in east Med amid tensions

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Turkey starts new seismic research in east Med amid tensions

Xinhua

06:57, August 13, 2020

ANKARA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- 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.

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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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