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Turkey has a legitimate presence in the Mediterranean Sea

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The Turkish ship Oruc Reis set off from the port of Antalya and reached its destination on Monday morning where it is to carry out seismic surveys after Ankara issued a warning on Sunday evening regarding an area located within its territorial waters. However, Greece claims that the area in which the vessel is going to work falls within its own territorial waters as demarcated by an agreement signed recently with Egypt.

Turkey does not recognise the border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Greece. Indeed, it will challenge it, either through diplomatic efforts or its naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as its exploration work in areas located within its territorial waters based on an agreement with Libya. The government in Ankara asserts that there are no maritime borders between Egypt and Greece in the Mediterranean, and it is fair to say that sending the Oruc Reis to conduct the seismic survey in the area in question is the first practical Turkish response to the Egypt-Greece move.

The Turkish position on deciding the areas of influence in the Mediterranean is based on several factors, the first of which is that the division that Greece seeks to impose on Turkey is totally unfair. You do not need to be an........

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