So far, the maritime border of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has not been a priority of Turkish policy in the region. Since the concept of exclusive economic zones was not codified until the early 1980s, it was never considered a factor in the first acquisition. However, that dynamic is starting to change now that Israel, Greece and Cyprus last week reached a €6 billion deal on the pipeline as part of the EastMed Energy project. The company aims to bypass Turkey – a self-proclaimed energy hub – and supply up to 10% of Europe`s natural gas. Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis hopes to gain the support of the White House during his visit to the United States and strengthen his position on the EEZ delimitation agreement between Egypt and Greece. The EU assured that it would stand by the Greek Cypriot duo on this issue, called on Turkey to act in accordance with the European Neighbourhood Policy and stressed that the text of the treaty should be published. Southern Cyprus, meanwhile, has announced that it will prepare an appeal to the International Court of Justice. However, in accordance with article 59 of the Convention, “the conflict should be resolved on the basis of justice and taking into account all relevant circumstances, taking into account the importance of the interests concerned for the parties and for the international community as a whole”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg answered a question about Turkey`s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean on the way to the NATO summit in London in 2019. “Both Greece and Turkey are valued allies and both contribute to our common security. There are some differences of opinion and I am pleased that there are bilateral contacts trying to address these differences,” Stoltenberg said, adding that NATO was not part of these bilateral discussions. He also said that one of the reasons NATO has succeeded is that it does not participate “in all the difficult issues” of the region.
This is an indication that the Greeks are turning their wheels, if at all.. . .