Turkey has restarted drilling in eastern Mediterranean

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey had resumed drilling operations in the eastern Mediterranean as Greece had not kept its promises regarding energy exploration in the region. “There’s no need for discussion with those who have no rights, especially in maritime zones,” he said.

NATO allies Turkey and Greece have long been at loggerheads over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources and tensions have flared up between them again.

Erdogan was speaking to reporters after Friday prayers at the Hagia Sophia mosque following Greece’s signing of a maritime border agreement with Egypt the previous day. As well as foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, he also dismissed this agreement as “worthless.”

 

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