Turkey extends ship’s gas search mission

The Oruc Reis, escorted by military ships, has become the symbol of Ankara's quest for natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean, where recent discoveries have triggered a rush for the resource. – EPA pic, October 25, 2020.

TURKEY has again extended a research ship’s search for gas in contested waters of the eastern Mediterranean in defiance of calls from the west to pull back the vessel.

The navy said in a message on the international maritime alert system NAVTEX late yesterday that the Oruc Reis would stay in the region until November 4. 

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