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Russia to Hold Naval Exercise in Mediterranean Amid Tensions

  • The move could fuel rising tensions in energy-rich area
  • Conflicts rooted in disagreements over maritime boundaries
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Russia will hold two naval exercises in the eastern Mediterranean beginning next week, according to Turkey’s navy, a move that could fuel escalating frictions in the energy-rich region.

Russian warships will conduct firing exercises between Sept. 8-22 and Sept. 17-25, a Turkish navy website said late Wednesday. It urged Moscow not to interfere with seismic studies by Turkish survey ships south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo and off Cyprus’s Karpas peninsula.