- In recent weeks, the Mediterranean region is bustling with activities by various countries.
- Continuous expeditions and checks are flaring up veritable skirmishes as the brunt of the problem levels up to energy resources.
- Turkey’s large discovery of natural gas resources and overlapping lines of controls is creating chaos in this region.
- With the resurgence of the Turkey-Greece conflict, tensions are real and growing.
How are energy resources prompting a fight?
- With the recent active exploration of natural gas fields, tensions between Turkey and Greece are escalating.
- On one hand, this is creating a rivalry between the two nations about the control over the sea territories and so on.
- Deals to recognize respective rights have prompted uncertainty among the nations.
- Last year, Turkey signed a maritime accord with the Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA) to set up renewed gas exploration in areas that Greece considers to be under its economic zone.
- In retaliation, early this month, Greece and Egypt signed a maritime boundary agreement podding Turkish anger, naval developments.
- These arguments are exacerbating tension and in the longer term could well fuel a regional air and naval arms race, concerted action is going to be needed if the economic benefits of this gas are to be realized.
What are the other subordinate reasons?
- While energy resources remain the key factor in this dispute, the Mediterranean region also highlights another shift in the region- the decline of US power or the decline of the Trump administration’s strategic interest in the functioning of the activities.
- The US president, Donald Trump has suspended Turkey from the F-35 warplane program following its purchase of advanced Russian surface-to-air- missiles.
- In the clear absence of US power, Germany sought to mediate between the two countries.
- Another pivotal part of the concern is the much more assertive and potent foreign policy adopted by Turkey, which some have likened to the resurgence of the Ottoman Empire.
- The Turkish economy may have faltered but it is not ready to back off.
- Amid the growing Greek-Turkish tensions, France despatched two warships and two maritime strike aircraft as a show of solidarity with Athens exacerbating the conditions.
- This region is emerging to be a volatile area where both developing diplomatic and disdain strains could erupt without any warning.
This article has been written by Jahnavi Rathore for The Paradigm
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