Turkey would not allow fait accompli over the natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez has said, adding that the new search efforts would be a “game changer.”
“We would not let fait accompli in the Mediterranean,” he said at Petroleum Istanbul, an energy industry fair which opened on March 28.
Turkey would defend the rights of Turkish Cyprus, the minister said in response to unilateral attempts and deals by Greek Cyprus, as he called the Republic of Cyprus.
“We consider oil and gas search as the biggest step to change the game,” he said.
“Our goal is to make Turkey a country that produces oil and natural gas and exports them,” he added.
The minister said Turkey wants to become independent in energy, highlighting the Turkish Stream project with Russia and Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), which carries Azerbaijani gas to Turkey, with the date to transfer the resource to Europe nearing.
Turkey recently discovered gas resources in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, Dönmez said.