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East Mediterranean tensions flare as Turkey seeks leverage in maritime border talks

Surveying activities by a Turkish ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea have put Greek forces on high alert as Ankara seeks leverage in regional maritime border disputes.

ISTANBUL ­— Greek armed forces were placed on high alert Tuesday after a Turkish ship began seismic surveying activities near the Greek island of Kastellorizo that will continue until Aug. 2.

The Turkish navy announced the development through a NAVTEX advisory Tuesday, setting off a potentially dangerous escalation between the two nations that have for years held overlapping territorial claims in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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