Kazakh oil to flow through Turkey instead of Russia

Kazakhstan’s state oil firm Kazmunaygas (KMG) is reportedly in advanced discussions with the trading arm of Azerbaijan’s state firm SOCAR to allow 1.5 million tons per year of Kazakh crude to be sold through the Azeri pipeline that delivers oil to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

Temporary relief

On Wednesday, the state-of-the-art Abdulhamid Han drilling ship sailed from the port of Mersin in southern Turkey to conduct hydrocarbons exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Milder East Med scenario

The most restrained scenario of those foreseen by Athens regarding the exploratory activity of the Abdulhamid Han drilling ship was announced by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the port of Mersin. 

Erdogan plays up diplomatic gains with eye on elections

A series of diplomatic wins, capped by the deal to resume Ukraine’s grain exports, provides some respite for President Tayyip Erdogan from Turkey’s economic strife and offers a blueprint of his campaign strategy for elections due next year.

Turkey sends off new drill ship into eastern Mediterranean

Turkey’s president inaugurated the country’s newest and largest undersea hydrocarbon drill ship Tuesday that he said would head for a spot northwest of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean, which is not claimed by any other country.

Turkey sends new drilling ship to the Mediterranean

Suspense in Nicosia and Athens were unceremoniously put on hold on Tuesday when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of the country’s Abdulhamid Han drill ship in contested waters off Cyprus but was in no hurry to share coordinates.

Athens braces for drillship’s departure

The suspense over what direction the Abdulhamid Han drilling vessel, the fourth of the Turkish Petroleum Company (TPAO) fleet, will take will end on Tuesday as it is scheduled to set sail at noon.

Turkish drone violates Greek airspace

A Turkish UAV flew over the uninhabited islet of Kandelioussa, west of the Dodecanese island of Nisyros, at 8.21 a.m. on Monday, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) said in a statement.

Three possible routes of Turkish drillship

Tuesday’s departure of Turkey’s Abdulhamid Han drilling vessel for the Eastern Mediterranean has, as expected, prompted discussions about the range of escalation that Ankara may choose in August. 

Erdogan slams German FM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his annoyance at German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock over her clear support for Greece during her recent visits to both countries.