In search of alternative energy resources, Europe may compete for Mediterranean gas with Turkey, which is also actively exploring the region for gas reserves, Die Welt reported.
Europe is looking for new energy resources as an alternative to Russian gas. Europe may turn to Mediterranean gas in cooperation with regional powers. Turkey is also desperately seeking gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. Tensions may arise soon after Europe and Turkey claim regional gas reserves.
The Turkish drilling ship Abdülhamid Han, which is used for offshore exploratory drilling, recently set sail.
“Neither the puppets nor those who hold their strings will be able to prevent us from asserting our rights in the Mediterranean,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, adding that “we do not have the Greek media already expressing fears that Turkey could invade Greek or Cypriot waters again.
From Turkey’s point of view, the division of economic zones in the Mediterranean Sea is unfair and to the great advantage of Greece, whose countless islands and therefore maritime borders extend far into Turkey.
However, Greece’s maritime boundaries are internationally recognized. Moreover, Athens has signed the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) – Turkey has not. Greece, for its part, feels threatened by Erdogan’s power politics.