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Turkey seeks to resolve energy exploration dispute with Greece

Ankara: Turkey and Greece signalled a willingness on Wednesday to resolve a dispute over energy exploration in the Mediterranean, while vowing to defend their interests in the region.

Turkey and Greece, NATO allies, vehemently disagree over overlapping claims to hydrocarbon resources in the region based on conflicting views on the extent of their continental shelves in waters dotted with mostly Greek islands.

Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, in red and white, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels in the Mediterranean.

Turkey’s research vessel, Oruc Reis, in red and white, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels in the Mediterranean. Credit:AP

Tensions rose when Ankara sent an exploration vessel on Monday to a disputed area of the Mediterranean, accompanied by warships, days after Greece signed a maritime deal with Egypt.

“Despite all this, we want to believe that common sense will prevail. Both on the field and at the table, we side with international law, good neighbourliness and dialogue,” Turkish Defence Minister Hulsi Akar told Reuters.

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