This came in statements made by the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Fatih Donmez, according to what was reported by the website of the “T24” newspaper.
The minister’s comments came in response to an interrogation from Arkan Aydin, the parliamentarian of the Republican People’s Party, the largest opposition party in the country.
The minister said in his statements that “during the period from January to last September, 2.6 million citizens were cut off from electricity, and 600,000 citizens from gas because they did not pay their due bills.”
Turkey has been witnessing a crumbling economic crisis for years that exhausted the citizens, especially after the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, which deepened the wounds of the economy in a way that urged the regime to raise fuel, electricity and gas prices more than once to avoid economic damage.
Also, European Union leaders decided, during their meeting in Brussels, to impose sanctions on Turkey’s “illegal and aggressive” actions in the Mediterranean against Athens and Nicosia, according to diplomatic and European sources.
Months ago, Ankara launched marine exploration trips off the coasts of Greece and Cyprus to crowd out the two European Union member states for areas expected to be oil and natural gas reserves.
The relationship between Europe and Turkey is tense due to the Turkish subversive roles in Syria and Libya, as well as the impact of Ankara and Moscow’s deal to include the S-400 missile system within its armament system.
The S-400 missile system is considered by Europe and the United States as a grave threat to the security of NATO, which includes Turkey.