Turkey's Energy Minister Fatih Donmez says the ship, Yavuz, began operations in an area off the Karpas peninsula where TRNC foreign minister says the meeting between Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders does not bring much hope to solve the issues.
The Turkish government is standing firm on its oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean as Greece and Greek-administered Cyprus call on the European Union to take action against Turkey.
Yavuz will reach a drilling depth of 3,300 metres at Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Bay of Gazimagusa, says Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez.
Turkey's first drilling ship is all set to become operational in the Mediterranean Sea and another ship will follow soon, according to Turkish Energy and Resources Minister Fatih Donmez.
Turkish energy minister Fatih Donmez says Ankara would continue to import natural gas in line with its long-term supply deal with Tehran, and hopes the planned Turkey-US talks in Washington could produce a solution for the issue.
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