Turkey to premiere controversial Blue Homeland documentary

A documentary setting out Turkey’s controversial Blue Homeland doctrine will premier on state-run broadcaster TRT on Tuesday.

According to an official statement, the documentary will reveal Turkey’s true maritime borders under international treaties as well as other as yet unknown revelations, state-run Anadolu agency reported on Friday.

The Blue Homeland doctrine has provided the basis for Turkish claims to territorial waters in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas that surpass internationally recognised borders with Greece, Cyprus and other Mediterranean countries.

Initially laid out in mid-2000’s, the strategy made headlines in September 2019 after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech while standing in front of a map showing the 462,000 square kilometres envisages as Turkey’s “Blue Homeland”.

Turkey has increasingly conducted naval exercises in the Mediterranean and Aegean in recent years, taking an increasingly assertive stance against what it says are Greek and Cypriot efforts to exclude it from access to recently discovered natural gas reserves.

The documentary will also set out Turkey’s maritime claims under a disputed agreement signed with the Libya’s Government of National Accord in November 2019. The deal demarked an exclusive economic zone for Turkey in Libyan waters, bolstering Ankara’s claims in the eastern Mediterranean, while ignoring the territorial waters around Cyprus and a number of Greek islands, including Crete.

Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, which are seeking to build a pipeline carrying gas to Europe across those waters, have all objected to the agreement.