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Cyprus has gas for Europe. A decades-old conflict is keeping it untouched. – POLITICO

In Europe’s frantic search to end its dependence on Russian energy, there’s an untapped resource: The waters around Cyprus.

Yet a decades-old conflict between Turkey, Cyprus and Greece — rooted in Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus — is stymying efforts to explore and extract any natural gas lying beneath the Mediterranean Sea.

Turkey wants a say in how any profits are made off the island’s riches, ensuring the benefits flow to the Turkish Cypriot community. Ankara also wants any gas in the region to run across its territory en route to Europe. Athens, meanwhile, supports plans to move gas via Cyprus and Greece.

Turkey extends east Med survey, Greece calls it an ‘illegal move’ – Reuters

“Greece blatantly condemns this unacceptable behaviour, which is essentially moving even further away from the prospect of a constructive dialogue,” the ministry said in a statement, calling for the advisory to be revoked immediately.

It said Turkey was behaving “like a pariah”, seeking to destabilise the region and stoke tensions, defying international law.

Will Natural Gas Isolate Turkey And Integrate Israel In The Eastern Mediterranean? – Forbes

Ruled since 2003 by an Islamist President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey however has taken an uncooperative approach to potentially collective Mediterranean resource development. As his presidency has continued, Erdogan has increased his confrontational tone and policies against both Israel and the west generally. Turkey also was not included in the agreement to build the EastMed pipeline signed by Greece, Cyprus, and Israel at the beginning of 2020. Instead, Turkey has focused its energies more on disrupting other nations’ development of these resources than attempting to develop its own.

Greece sees ‘imperial fantasies’ in Turkey maritime claims, wants tougher EU action – Reuters

Tensions between NATO allies Turkey and Greece over maritime boundaries have rekindled since August, when Turkey dispatched a a seismic survey vessel to a disputed area. Ankara has also sent a drill ship to a position off the coast of ethnically split Cyprus.

The attempt to stake rival claims has also brought other players into the fray; Turkey and Libya agreed on sea boundaries last year, a pact which Athens says infringes its continental shelf.

This year Greece signed a deal outlining a maritime boundary with Egypt, infuriating Turkey which says it encroaches on its territory.

Egypt eyes more economic benefits after signing maritime demarcation deal with Greece – Al Monitor

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree to ratify the historic agreement signed with Greece on the demarcation of maritime borders, which could help further boost Egypt’s ambition to become a major regional energy hub. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued Oct. 10 a presidential decree to ratify the historic agreement signed with …

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UAE official says Turkey’s army in Qatar destabilises region – Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) – Turkey’s army in Qatar is an element of instability in the Gulf region, a senior official of the United Arab Emirates said on Saturday, adding that it contributes to negative polarization. “The Turkish military presence in the Arab Gulf is an emergency,” UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted. …

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Egypt’s president signs strategic maritime deal with Greece – AP

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Saturday ratified a maritime deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights, the state-run news agency reported, in a move that has angered Turkey. The bilateral agreement is widely seen as a response to a rival deal between …

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