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“Turkey will continue seismic survey and drilling,” says Defense Minister

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkey will continue its seismic surveys and drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, including areas around Cyprus, while blaming Greece for raising tensions in the region. Speaking at the Turkish parliament, Akar said surveying ships will be supported by Air Force and Navy forces. “We have …

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Erdogan says Turkey has resumed drilling activity in East Mediterranean

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Friday that announced that Turkey has restarted a search for energy in the eastern Mediterranean, accusing neighboring Greece of failing to keep its promises. “We have resumed the drilling activity. We have sent (vessel) Barbaros Hayrettin to the area,” Erdogan told reporters after Friday …

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EU Foreign Ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia and drilling

European Union foreign ministers on Monday criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. For their first face-to-face meeting in months, the ministers were planning to discuss taking a tougher stand on Ankara …

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Turkey’s drilling map violates rights of Greece and Cyprus

Turkey has published the map with the blocks where it plans to drill for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministyr in Ankara, the “new license areas regarding the exploration and drilling activities, lie within Turkish continental shelf as declared …

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Greece warns Turkey over planned drilling off south Aegean islands

The Turkish ambassador in Athens was summoned to the Greek Foreign Ministry on Monday and was handed out a demarche, a protest note, about Ankara’s plans to start drilling off the islands of Rhodes, Karpathos and Crete. A few hours earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikos Dendias, had underlined that Greece …

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EU FMs condemn Turkey’s illegal activities in Greece and Cyprus

The EU Foreign Affairs Council expressed strong condemnation of the violations of Greek airspace and territorial waters of Greece, as well as Turkey’s illegal oil drilling activity in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus during a teleconference on Friday. “We have sent a strong message to Turkey today in …

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Turkey to start drilling off Greece as planned in deal with Libya

State-owned oil company Turkish Petroleum (IPAO) has submitted an application to Tripoli-based government to start drilling in parts of the eastern Mediterranean outlined in the country’s contentious maritime borders agreement with Libya, Turkey ‘s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez has said. Donmez said Turkey would start exploring hydrocarbon resources both in …

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Greece slams Turkey over new drilling in Cyprus EEZ

Greece has slammed Turkey for deploying the drilling ship Yavuz again to Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for one more time. Ankara issued a new navigation warning NAVTEX, reserving the area between Blocks 6 and 7 of Cyprus’ EEZ from Monday, April 20, until July 18. The Yavuz is accompanied …

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Turkey to drill between Greece’s Kastelorizo and Libya

For one more time,  Ankara provokes Greece and the international community announcing seismic research and drilling in the East Mediterranean Sea and thus in maritime area between the Greek island of Kastelorizo and Libya. The spokesman of President Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Thursday that Ankara will proceed with …

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EU to sanction two Turkish nationals over drilling in Cyprus EEZ

European Union diplomats have agreed to impose sanctions against two Turkish nationals in response to Ankara’s controversial search for hydrocarbons within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. Citing two officials who did not want to be named, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that the two Turkish nationals will face travel bans and a …

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Italy dismisses Erdogan’s claims it negotiates drilling off Libya

Italy has dismissed reports that it is in talks with Turkey negotiating joint drilling in the sea area of Libya. In a statement, the Italian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday: Rumors in the press, according to which Italy is allegedly negotiating with Turkey the terms for the exploitation of Libya’s …

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“Turkey in talks with Italy over drilling off Libya” says Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Turkey was in talks with Italy over drilling in the sea area off Libya, that is in the maritime zone as stated in the Turkey-Libya agreement. Speaking to reporters, Erdogan revealed the relevant negotiations between Ankara and Rome. “Italy is currently negotiating with us in …

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Turkey drilling: Cyprus appeals to the International Court of Justice at The Hague

The Government of Cyprus will appeal to the Hague Tribunal for the defense of its own sovereign rights, President Nikos Anastasiades confirmed on Thursday. Cyprus has petitioned the International Court of Justice at The Hague to safeguard its offshore mineral rights, its president said on Thursday, as neighbor Turkey disputes …

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EU adopts sanctions on persons/entities involved in Turkey’s illegal drilling

The European Union Foreign Ministers adopted on Monday a framework for sanctions on persons and entities involved in Turkey‘s illegal drilling off Cyprus. The sanctions include travel ban to the EU as well as assets freeze for both natural persons and entities. In addition, EU persons and entities will be …

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EU releases measures against Turkey for its “illegal drilling off Cyprus”

The European Union released punitive measures against Turkey for its illegal drilling off Cyprus and its strongly concerned such activities. The EU suspends high-level talks with Turkey, cuts in pre-accession funding, freezes aviation agreement talks, asks the European Investment Bank to review lending to Turkey. Turkish drilling activities in the …

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