Turkey made a big investment in improving its naval defences in the last decade, increasing the number of warships and military vessels and relying on homegrown technology.
With its Libya deal, Turkey sent a clear message to Israel, Greece and Egypt that it will not be excluded from the fate of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Reports by Israeli state radio alleges Turkey proposed that the gas pipeline run from Israeli reservoirs through Turkey into Europe.
Turkey’s deal with Libya’s UN-recognised government in Tripoli is a signal to other Mediterranean states that Ankara can block their gas routes.
Ankara and the EU are at loggerheads over who has the right to explore newly-discovered gas fields.
The island is dependent on only one type of energy production despite discovery of Aphrodite gas field five years ago.
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