Ankara “counterattacks” on the occasion of the preparation of exploratory drillings by Exxon Mobil, Qatar Petroleum, Total and ENI, within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, for the launching of exploratory drilling operations in the coming months, identifying potentially significant natural gas deposits.
According to a report in the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak, “Turkey’s maritime jurisdiction issues are back on the agenda as the fight for energy supplies in the Eastern Mediterranean continues.”
The quantities in the meantime hosted in the Eastern Mediterranean zone, according to a survey cited by the same source, are able to meet Turkey’s energy needs for 572 years!
The fact of creating transnational alliances in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and strengthening co-operation between Cyprus, Egypt and Israel dissatisfies the Turkish side.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, however, again triggered the tension with Israel, saying on the occasion of the Knesset’s passage of a law defining the country as a “nation-state of the Jewish people”, that “this measure showed, without leaving any room in the slightest doubt that Israel is the most Zionist state, the most fascist and the most racist in the world “, calling on “the Muslim world, the Christian community, all countries, organisations, NGOs, journalists in favour of democracy and defenders of the world’s freedoms to fight back.”
In any case, according to the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak, the Eastern Mediterranean region “boasts its rich energy resources.” “According to the TPAO (Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı -Turkish Petroleum Corporation), the Eastern Mediterranean is rich in natural gas from hydrides, which have been described as the energy of the future.”
On Athens’ attempt to reach an agreement on the delimitation of the Greek EEZ, the same source states that “Turkey has intensified its efforts, and has recently stopped Italian ships that have been seeking to drill in the TRNC by warships.”
Turkey – as outlined – seeks to define jurisdictions through agreements with Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Syria.
Source: IBNA – Independent Balkan News Agency