The President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced on December 26 the discovery of 58 billion cubic meters of additional natural gas in the Black Sea. The goal is to achieve energy independence.
“Our Fatih drillship has discovered 58 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves, 3,023 meters under the sea, at the Caycuma 1 block,” the Turkish head of state said after the meeting. cabinet he chaired at the Presidential Complex in Ankara.
While recalling that Turkey’s natural gas reserves in the Black Sea amount to 710 billion cubic meters worth a trillion dollars, Recep Erdogan said that the country’s ultimate goal is to achieve its energy independence from foreign oil and natural gas as soon as possible.
“Our new exploration will pave the way for similar explorations in other geological fields adjacent to the region. We will start new drilling as soon as possible. We are determined to make Türkiye the energy center of the Caspian, the Mediterranean and Middle East,” he continued.
Regarding the country’s efforts to fight terrorism, Erdogan announced that Türkiye “will close the gaps in its 30-kilometer deep security line and take new measures to completely eliminate the threats posed by (groups terrorists in) Syria for the country.”
The PKK and its Syrian branch, the YPG, have used terrorist bases on both sides of the Turkish border in northern Iraq and Syria to plan and carry out attacks on Türkiye. Along the Syrian border, the group has created a terrorist corridor, threatening both the Syrian and Turkish populations.
During its more than 35-year campaign of terrorism against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40 000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK.
Since 2016, Türkiye has launched three anti-terrorist operations Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Source of Peace (2019) across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor and allow the peaceful settlement of populations.
Source : Anadolu Agency
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