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Nicosia tried yesterday to ignore the information that Erdogan will propose, in the meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the sharing of the wealth of the Eastern Mediterranean. “As claimed by the Turkish media” was the response of government circles, wanting in this way to demonstrate that beyond the specific information there is nothing else. However, the energy issues of the Eastern Mediterranean seem to be back on the Turkish agenda for good, regardless of Mitsotakis' visit to Ankara.

Turkish media reported that the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean are expected to be one of the main issues of the discussions between the President of Turkey and the Prime Minister of Greece. The TV network Haber Global, relying on the fixed Turkish position on the distribution of energy wealth in the Eastern Mediterranean, reported in this regard: “Turkey is conducting research for gas in the Black Sea and continuing seismic research in the Southern Mediterranean. Turkey has given messages that the natural wealth of the Southern Mediterranean should be shared between the neighboring states and we expect President Erdogan to express a similar message to Mitsotakis. Like the ‘TDBK’  and the Cyprus issue will be one of the important topics on the agenda. Turkey has repeatedly expressed that it insists on the two-state solution and the meeting between the two leaders will discuss the steps that can be taken for permanent peace and stability on the island”.

Government circles in Nicosia indicated that they “support Turkish media that Erdogan will set”. Thus wanting to downplay the possibility that the whole matter will be on the agenda of the meeting between the President of Turkey and the Prime Minister of Greece the following day.

However, apart from the Erdogan-Misotakis meeting, as will become clear to what extent energy issues will be discussed, Turkey seems to be re-entering the issue of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara, in all the scenarios it processes, sees the same protagonist in energy.

The Turkish Cypriot newspaper Bugyun Kipris (GTP source) wrote yesterday that the agreement signed between the Turkish Oil Pipeline and Transport Company (Botaş) and the American ExxonMobil for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could make Turkey a more active player in regional energy projects, which could trigger new negotiations on the exploitation of energy resources around Cyprus and the distribution of revenues.

The publication notes that Turkey's long-term contracts with Russia for the purchase of natural gas will expire in 2025, while those with Iran will expire next year, adding that Turkey recently amended its legislation to pave the way for LNG purchases.

After this move, he signed an agreement with  American fossil fuel company ExxonMobile, which also conducts research in Cyprus. The agreement, announced by Alparslan Bayraktar, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, will supply up to 2.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas annually for 10 years.

The article links to the signing of the agreement for the LNG with the recent agreement between Turkey and the US to supply F-16 fighter jets and upgrade the fleet of existing aircraft.

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, was in Chios yesterday. A tour that included symbolism and messages three days before his visit to Ankara and the meeting with Tayyip Erdogan. A meeting which will take place in an environment that the Turkish leadership made sure to dynamit, shortly before it took place, with the conversion of the Monastery of Chora into a Muslim mosque with a decision announced on Great Monday. Athens has expressed its strong displeasure and although it does not wish to add fuel to the fire.

Regarding the meeting with Erdogan on Monday, information transmitted by the Greek media mentions the goals set by the Greek Prime Minister.

As for the Aegean, the goal is to maintain the current state of affairs, i.e. to remain “calm in the field”, i.e. there are no violations and overflights and there is calm in the Aegean, something that three years ago seemed difficult. The agreement on express visas, which allows Turkish citizens to easily visit 10 islands of the Eastern Aegean, is considered important in the dialogue. It is a mutually beneficial agreement that has improved the climate between the two countries.

Athens considers that have become important are the achievements in the field of immigration, as the progress made recently has brought a great reduction in immigration flows. The Greek prime minister considers that these steps are a tangible example that the improvement of relations between the two countries is possible despite the disagreements, and can benefit both Athens and Ankara.

Source: www.philenews.com

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