Turkey will send its fourth ship to the Eastern Mediterranean region to continue its exploration and drilling, the country’s energy and natural resources minister Fatih Dönmez said on Tuesday.
“The MTA Oruc Reis seismic research ship, which has been conducting seismic surveys in the Black Sea and Marmara since August 2017, will be sent to conduct seismic surveys in the Mediterranean Sea,” Fatih Dönmez said in a Twitter post.
Dönmez said Turkey is capable of searching, producing and transferring resources in the region to international markets.
Earlier yesterday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey will increase its activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“If you [EU] take such decisions against Turkey, we will increase activities [in the Eastern Mediterranean]. We have three ships in the Eastern Mediterranean. We will send the 4th one as soon as possible,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at a news conference in North Macedonia.
Çavuşoğlu’s remarks came a day after the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The council decided to suspend negotiations on the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement and agreed not to hold the Association Council and further meetings of the EU-Turkey high-level dialogues for the time being.
Çavuşoğlu said “there is no need to take seriously” the conclusion, adding the EU knows that its decisions against Turkey are not possible to implement.