How Turkish media reacted to Greece's announcement on research for natural gas near Crete

Turkish media

Following yesterday evening's revelation by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis that research by the American company Exxon Mobil will begin off Crete and the Peloponnese for natural gas deposits within the next few days, Turkish media widely reported.

There are also references to the decision to freeze the sale process of the port of Alexandroupolis.

Pro-government media present the news, without placing it - for the time being at least - in the context of the tension that Ankara and Athens have been systematically creating lately.

It is estimated, as usual, that if there is a "line" from the Turkish government, the media in the neighborhood will move accordingly.

• "Mitsotakis stated that seismic surveys will begin in the Peloponnese and south-west of Crete" reports the Turkish Anadolu agency
• "Greece will search for natural gas in the Peloponnese and Crete," writes Akşam.
• "Greece will look for natural gas in the Peloponnese and Crete!" He abandoned the sale of the Port of Alexandroupoli" is the title of a publication in Yeni Akit.
• "The Greek prime minister announced his plan for the Eastern Mediterranean: "We will look for natural gas", writes the news portal Son Dakika.

At the same time, there seems to be concern in Turkey about the possibility of an agreement between Greece and Libya.

Speaking to CNN Türk, the columnist of Milliyet, Özay Şendir, requested that Ankara send drilling rigs off the coast of Libya , if there is such a development, which he considers negative.

Özay Şendir: "Greece's increase of Crete to 12 nautical miles will be heavy!"

"Greece is strongly pushing for an agreement with Libya. We need to see this immediately. We will look at the terms of the Exclusive Economic Zone agreement and immediately send our drilling rigs there," Şendir said defiantly.

"If the USA really pressures the Libyan government to agree with Greece, our answer will be clear. We agreed earlier with you and we will tell them: ''we are coming and starting the investigations'," he added.

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