Turkey Sends Oruc Reis Seismic Vessel Back to East Med

The vessel will be joined in the latest "seismic survey" mission by two other ships called Ataman and Cengiz Han, according to the Navtex message.
Turkey has issued a new Navtex saying that the Turkish ship Oruc Reis will carry out a seismic survey in the eastern Mediterranean over the next ten days, says TRT World on Tuesday.
Two other vessels, the Ataman and Cengiz Han along with Oruc Reis exploration ship will continue works in an area including the south of Greek island of Kastellorizo, or Meis, until October 22, the maritime notice said.
The two countries are at odds over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources in the region. The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece met last week and agreed to hold bilateral talks on the disputes.
Despite opposition from Greece and some other countries, Turkey has repeatedly extended its research vessel Oruc Reis’s energy exploration in an area within Turkey’s continental shelf, with the latest announced on August 31, this time to last until September 12.
Turkey has stressed dialogue to reach fair sharing of the region’s resources, and military delegations from both sides are engaged in a series of NATO-hosted technical talks since September 10.
France swiftly sought to de-escalate the situation, urging Turkey to act with caution, said France24.com on Monday.

"We expect Turkey to meet its commitments, abstain from new provocations and show concrete evidence of good faith," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnès Von der Mühll said. /Compiled from wires- argumentum. al