Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered on a promise for a surprise on Friday, when he announced that Turkey has carried out the largest natural gas reserve exploration in the Black Sea.
Initial foreign reports said Erdogan spoke of some 320 billion cubic meters of natural gas discovered in the Black Sea’s Tuna-1 zone.
“The newly discovered reserves are only a piece of a larger resource," and the country "will continue to discover more in the near future, the Turkish president said.
The announcement came after Erdogan said Wednesday that he had “good news” that will signal a “new era” for Turkey.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter that Erdogan’s good news meant Turkey was taking a giant step towards full independence.
“We, too, are playmakers in energy,” Cavusoglu said.