Turkey’s drilling research ship docked ahead of EU summit

Turkey has announced it has called a research ship at the centre of a drilling row with Greece back to port ahead of a summit of EU leaders next week.

The country’s Energy and Natural Resources Ministry said on Monday morning that the Oruç Reis vessel had “completed the two-dimensional seismic research” it was conducting off Demre, a town on the southern Turkish coast.

Germany welcomed the return to port of the Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis after completing its energy exploration mission in the Eastern Mediterranean, while NATO’s secretary general said the Oruc Reis’ return to port helps reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean between NATO members Turkey and Greece.

At its summit next month, the EU will assess its relations with Turkey not over one action but on Turkey’s actions over a period of time, said an EU spokesperson.