Turkey says Exxon ship heading for eastern Mediterranean

Turkey has said that it had received information that an Exxon Mobil ship was heading towards the eastern Mediterranean with the intention of conducting oil and gas exploration. Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, said on Wednesday at a news conference that Turkey would continue to preserve its rights concerning hydrocarbon exploration in the region. Last month Turkish military manoeuvres prevented a vessel charted by Italy’s state-controlled Eni reaching an area that Cyprus has licensed for drilling, with Turkey denying that Cyprus had jurisdiction over the area concerned.