Turkey to drill for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean
"Under an agreement with Libya, we may begin our activities within three or four months," Energy Minister Fatih Donmez was quoted as saying by the official Anadolu news agency.
The agreement raised hackles in neighbouring countries, including Greece which said the deal fails to take into account the island of Crete.
EU member Cyprus has also expressed anger that Turkey has sent ships in search of oil and gas off the divided island.
Donmez said that the Turkish drilling ship, Yavuz, has been off Cyprus since April.
"Nobody should think we will stop our activities in the Mediterranean," he said.
The EU has repeatedly called on Turkey to end its energy exploration off the coast of Cyprus, arguing that the drilling is illegal because it infringes on the island's exclusive economic zone.
On May 16, the bloc accused Ankara of "escalating" tensions.
Rich gas deposits have been found in the seabed in waters claimed by both Cyprus and Turkey.
Turkey insists its oil drilling is in accordance with international law and has argued that its unrecognised north Cypriot ally should have a share in earnings.
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