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The Turkish Nightmare… | capital

Written by Kostas Stupas

Turkish nightmare…

Last week, the Greek Minister of Infrastructure and Transport K. Karamanlis is in Bulgaria where he met with Bulgarian Minister of Communications Hristo Alekseev, Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stoyanov, Bulgarian Energy Minister Rozen Kristov and Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria. Bulgaria Valentin Buriyazov …

The reason for the meeting was the hub of the Thessaloniki – Kavala – Alexandroupoli – Burgas – Varna – Ross railway, a project of strategic importance that will improve transport communications and expand economic potential, contributing to the expansion of connectivity in the wider region.

It is not difficult to understand that this corridor will be an alternative land connection route between the Aegean, the Black Seas and the Danube, expanding the side corridor of the Bosphorus.

The port of Alexandroupoli is already ensuring the access of Western influence to the countries of the broader region, breaking the monopoly on power that the straits had guaranteed for decades in Turkey.

Pursuit of the division of the Aegean Sea about 25The In parallel with Turkey and Greece Turkey seeks, mainly aims to control the access of the Black Sea countries to the West.

The port and LNG terminal at Alexandroupoli, along with the Greece-Bulgaria power pipeline and now with improved rail connectivity, have negated these ambitions.

If we also add the electrical interconnection pipelines with Egypt and Israel, one can understand the broader picture canceling Blue Homeland’s plans…

In addition, the head of the Libyan National Oil Company announced last week the energy link between Greece and Libya, contrary to the plans of the interim prime minister under the Turkish-Libyan memorandum. This announcement is a success for Greek diplomacy.

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A day later, the proposal was mainly adopted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to a question from APE-MPE regarding the possibility of constructing a pipeline connecting Greece and Libya.

“In general, we continue to support energy projects that will naturally connect vital energy markets, such as the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, to Europe, in particular electricity connections that help prepare for a clean energy transition that enhances energy security and sustainability…” the spokesperson said. On behalf of the US State Department.

We see: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is open to the energy link between Greece and Libya…

Also last week, Egypt halted rapprochement procedures with Turkey due to the latter’s presence in Libya. This may speed up the process of expanding the portion of the exclusive economic zone defined between the two sites…

Finally, Netanyahu’s return to power in Israel is expected to make it difficult to reach a rapprochement between the two countries.

The Belharra, Rafales and submarines currently guarantee sovereignty in the Aegean for several years, but the links between the countries of North Africa, the Balkans and Central Europe are a crushing blow to Turkey …

An opportunity to strengthen Greece in the wider region and within the European Union. It is the largest since the time when it aspired to be a country of two continents and five seas…

Turkey realizes this and responds…

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