Gas in exchange for Cyprus: Turkey intends to conclude a deal with Israel

Turkey plans to offer Israel to conclude a new border agreement in the Mediterranean Sea, providing for Israeli control of gas fields in the region in exchange for Tel Aviv's refusal of militarypolitical support for Greek Cyprus. The details of Ankara's proposal are not yet known.

In November 2019, Turkey and Libya signed an agreement, according to which Ankara considers almost the entire eastern Mediterranean Sea its zone of economic influence. In May 2020, Turkey announced plans for mining operations west of Cyprus, alarming Athens and Nicosia. In response to the active actions of the Turkish authorities, Greece and Egypt created their own economic zone by signing the corresponding agreement on August 6, 2020.

The confrontation between Ankara and Athens for control of the oil and gas-rich Mediterranean shelf escalated this summer when the Turkish exploration ship Oruk Reis, accompanied by five warships, sailed into the disputed sea region. The Greek military fleet moved into the area of ​​operation of the Turks. France, as well as Cyprus and Israel took the side of Greece.

Turkey's deal with Israel could greatly influence the balance of power in the struggle for the resources of the Mediterranean. Who will benefit from the new agreement between the regional powers, the near future will show.
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  1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 7 December 2020 18: 02
    It was smooth on paper .... (c)
  2. Binder Offline Binder
    Binder (Miron) 7 December 2020 22: 21
    The Turks, of course, are trying by all means to participate in the development of hydrocarbon deposits on the shelf of the Eastern Mediterranean. Moreover, if with the Greeks and Cypriots the Ottomans habitually try to act from a position of strength, then with the Israelis they do not dare to such behavior, they understand that they can easily get Lyuli here. Therefore, they are trying to negotiate with Israel, the naive Turks are hoping to fool the Jews. lol
  3. Tramp1812 Offline Tramp1812
    Tramp1812 (Tramp 1812) 8 December 2020 06: 32
    This is hardly possible. The fact that Turkey recognizes something, or does not recognize something, nothing will change. For the reason that the Mediterranean is not the personal property of Ankara. And the solution of this issue does not depend on Turkey's will. There are legal ways to resolve such disputes. Based on recognized international treaties, the existing regulatory framework, legal precedents in the form of completed and effective court decisions. As for me, there is an unspecified injection of inaccurate information. In order to complicate Israel's relations with Greece, Greek Cyprus and Egypt. At first glance, this is beneficial to Turkey. But this is not the case. If anyone is interested, then Lebanon. Because Israel quickly agreed with the Greek part of Cyprus on joint interests in the areas of the sea controlled by Israel, rich in hydrocarbons. And Lebanon claims them as part of its economic zone. And there is a third person who does not generally care. And this third one is Turkey.