Turkey has recently sent a drill ship (Fatih, “conqueror”), after announcing its willingness to conduct exploratory natural gas drilling, in an area of the Eastern Mediterranean that Cyprus considers to be part of its Exclusive Economic Zone.

    The dispute started in late 2011, after the discovery of energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean has generated another point of contention between Turkey and Cyprus (and, by extension, Greece). In the light of this framework, and because of the increasing militarization of Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey-Cyprus competition for gas could escalate out of control.