In Gesture to Turkey, Biden Drops Support for Israel-Cyprus-Greece Gas Pipeline to Europe

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Jewish Press: The US is no longer supporting the construction of the EastMed gas pipeline project, according to a statement of the State Department that suggests the Biden administration’s interest is switching to renewable energy sources. Greek news media have pointed out this week that the move benefits Turkey, which the US is courting.

The EastMed Pipeline accord was signed in Athens by the leaders of Greece, Cyprus, and Israel on January 2, 2020. On July 19, 2020, the Netanyahu government officially approved the accord, allowing the signatory countries to move forward with plans to complete the pipeline by 2025. Now it’s not clear whether any of that will materialize.

According to the State Dept., the US is now supporting the planned EuroAfrica subsea electricity interconnector from Egypt to Crete and the Greek mainland, and the proposed EuroAsia interconnector to link the Israeli, Cypriot, and European electricity grids, because “such projects would not only connect vital energy markets but would also help prepare the region for the clean energy transition.”

The Greek OPEN TV channel suggested the White House believes the EastMed pipeline is causing tensions in the Mediterranean basin, which is why it prefers other projects that would bring political stability. Read More …

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From the article: Back when the accord was signed, a spokesperson for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a hostile statement saying: “The signature of the agreement on the EastMed natural gas pipeline project is the latest instance of futile steps, aiming to exclude Turkey and TRNC (the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) in the region. Any project disregarding Turkey, which has the longest coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Turkish Cypriots, who have equal rights over the natural resources of the Island of Cyprus, cannot succeed. We bring this fact once more to the attention of the international community.”

And, naturally, when Turkey speaks, the Biden White House listens.

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