Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said that Turkish authorities could soon announce the discovery of new hydrocarbon deposits in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"Turkey may soon announce the discovery of new deposits in the Black and Mediterranean Seas," the Anadolu agency writes with reference to the minister.
He also said that by the end of the year, a floating platform for natural gas storage, which was ordered by Ankara two years ago, would arrive in Turkey.
“Our goal is clear. We will continue to search and drill until we become a net exporter (of energy resources – ed.). We will defend our rights under any conditions,” the minister said.
Turkey has recently been actively searching for deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, which has led to tensions in Ankara's relations with Greece, Cyprus and other European countries, which believe that the Turkish side is looking for deposits in areas not belonging to it.
Earlier it was reported that despite the fact that the EU may impose new sanctions, Turkey intends to continue geological exploration in the Mediterranean.
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