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Erdogan: Turkey will continue oil exploration in disputed eastern Mediterranean

Turkey's president may be upping the ante against Greece, Cyprus and the European Union.
Turkey's Oruc Reis seismic research vessel

Turkey will keep up its search for oil and gas in contested eastern Mediterranean waters, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, despite rival territorial claims from its neighbor Greece.

"Whatever our rights are, we will take them one way or another. And we will carry out our oil exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus, and all those seas,” Erdogan said in the northwestern province of Sakarya, according to the pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper. Sakarya is on the Black Sea.

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