Istanbul – The Turkish analysis ship on the centre of a row between Greece and Turkey over fuel exploration within the japanese Mediterranean returned to a port in southern Turkey, native media reported Sunday. Turkey despatched the Oruc Reis analysis vessel to disputed waters close to a Greek island on August 10 and extended the mission thrice regardless of repeated calls from the European Union and Greece to cease. However its deployment was scheduled to finish on Saturday and has not been renewed by the Turkish authorities, pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak reported, including that it had returned to Antalya port. The choice to not lengthen the ship’s mission was seen as “a step towards giving diplomacy a chance,” the newspaper wrote, linking it to makes an attempt to kickstart talks between Greece and Turkey. NATO mentioned earlier this month that officers from each side had agreed to participate in technical talks to keep away from accidents between their navies. Athens denied this was the case, however the Turkish defence ministry mentioned on Thursday that the primary spherical of talks between Greek and Turkish army delegations occurred at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. Whereas Turkey repeatedly mentioned it was prepared for dialogue with out preconditions, Greece mentioned there might solely be talks as soon as Ankara stopped making “threats”. Greek authorities spokesman Stelios Petsas welcomed the obvious withdrawal in an interview to Skai TV on Sunday. “The fact there seems to be no new NAVTEX (deployment) is a positive step. We assess that as such and we are following the situation,” he mentioned. Tensions escalated after Turkey despatched the seismic analysis vessel and a small navy flotilla to waters claimed by Greece final month. Greece then responded by shadowing the Turkish ships and staging naval workouts with a number of EU allies and the United Arab Emirates in its personal present of power. Leaders of seven European international locations on the Mediterranean met at a summit final week in Corsica the place they mentioned they have been able to again EU sanctions on Turkey over the dispute.