ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek authorities welcomed a Turkish survey vessel’s return to port Sunday from a disputed space of the jap Mediterranean that has been on the coronary heart of a summer time stand-off between Greece and Turkey over power rights.

The Oruc Reis analysis ship returned to close the southern Turkish port of Antalya for the primary time in weeks after Turkey introduced in July that it was dispatching a vessel to work in waters that Greece claims are its unique jurisdiction.

“This can be a constructive sign. We’ll see how this develops to make a correct evaluation,″ Greek authorities spokesman Stelios Petsas advised TV channel Skai.

The dispute over potential oil and gasoline reserves has triggered a navy build-up within the jap Mediterranean. Nominal NATO allies Turkey and Greece each dispatched warships to the world the place the Oruc Reis was engaged in seismic analysis and carried out navy workouts to claim their claims.

NATO intervened, organizing talks between the 2 international locations’ militaries to forestall a possible armed battle.