No threats can deter Turkey from seeking natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday, adding that Ankara expects actors in the region to take steps to de-escalate tensions, Reuters reported.
Greece and Cyprus are locked in a dispute with Turkey over overlapping claims to areas potentially rich in resources. Two Turkish survey vessels are in areas claimed by the three countries. On Tuesday Cyprus said it was willing to engage with all its neighbors on defining maritime boundaries.
“Turkey is determined to seek its rights in the eastern Mediterranean until the end,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.
“No colonialist power or threat can deter our country from the oil and natural gas resources believed to be in the region,” he said, adding that Ankara wanted to resolve the dispute through dialogue and diplomacy rather than escalate tensions.