On 24 December, Eurasia Review reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorized controversial oil exploration by a survey vessel in the eastern Mediterranean for a further 6 months, until June next year. He has also obtained parliamentary approval for troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months. The survey vessel Oruc Reis will now continue searching for oil and gas in territorial waters claimed by Greece and Cyprus, in a move that will infuriate the EU.
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