By KEREM HASAN
The move came following an agreement between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord in November to delineate maritime borders from Turkey’s southern Mediterranean shore to Libya’s north-east coast, angering Greece, which expelled Libya’s ambassador to Athens.
The recognised government of Libya has also made a formal request for military support from Turkey.
The newly agreed exclusive economic zones (EEZ) cover an area that includes a proposed gas pipeline linking Greece with South Cyprus, Egypt and Israel.
Greece, South Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement in Athens on Thursday for the construction of the “EastMed natural gas pipeline” to supply gas to Europe, which will now pass through the Turkish-declared continental shelf and EEZ region. The project envisages a profit of $9 billion over 18 years although experts have cast doubt over its viability.
Analysts say that the Turkey-Libya agreement has effectively “thrown a spanner” into the works by placing a barrier in front of the planned pipeline.
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