Turkey will start to drill on its own for oil and gas in the Mediterranean in the summer, said Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak on Friday, according to Anadolu news agency.
Albayrak outlined Turkey‘s achievements under its national energy and mining policy, saying that, “We are also making great efforts to ensure there is no letup in this momentum.”
Energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean have caused friction between Turkey and Cyprus. Earlier in 2018, Cyprus started exploratory drilling in its exclusive economic zone, an area that Turkey claims also belongs to the northern Turkish-occupied part of the island.
Turkey argues that the island’s natural resources should be exploited equally by Turkish Cypriots as well. In that light, Turkish ships have blocked international drilling ships to continue exploratory drilling.