Turkey has unashamedly mixed gas and politics in its East Med exploration strategy as the country approaches an upcoming exploration campaign.

Turkish energy minister Fatih Durmaz says Turkey plans to drill in the eastern Mediterranean before the end of the year. “In the coming 1-2 months we will drill the first well… off the coast of Antalya… within Turkish economic waters,” he said 8 August.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, on 3 August announced that...