Turkey Threatens Exxon Mobil & The US 6th Fleet Off Cyprus

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım threatened not only hydrocarbon survey ships of oil giant Exxon Mobile but also the US 6th Fleet is participating in a naval exercise in the area 7-18 March 2018.

As KeepTalkingGreece.com reports, Yildirim said:

“The Republic of Cyprus would not be allowed to get away with selling the energy resources surrounding the island,” Yildirim said on Wednesday. With reference to the turkey-occupied North part of Cyprus, he added “the natural riches surrounding the island of Cyprus is the common wealth of all the people who live on the island.”

And he threatened that:

“This and other provocative activities that create faits accomplis will be responded to in an appropriate fashion.”

It was a clear message even to the US Fleet as some media have linked its presence off  Cyprus to the Exxon survey, saying the Fleet was going to protect the Exxon Mobile survey vessels.

Last month, Turkish war ships threatened to sink drilling ship commissioned by Italy’s ENI and ultimately managed to block the process as the Italian diplomacy did not dare to put the lives of their fellowmen at risk.

A day earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reacting to U.S. Sixth Fleet heading to East Mediterranean, said , “while European states’ boats abandoning refugees to death, we try to rescue every innocent’s life. You can only make it there with your Sixth Fleet, aircraft carrier.”

Yildirim underlined that any underground riches surrounding the island should only be extracted with the permission of both the island’s administrations.

“Any work in which one of these interlocutors is not part of the deal will be evaluated by us as a threat to the sovereign rights of North Cyprus,” he said.

Turkey has been illegally occupying 40% of Cyprus since 1974. It is only Turkey that recognizes “North Cyprus” as ‘state’, while the rest of the world considers as an “illegal” …something with no sovereign rights at all.

Meanwhile, in Cyprus...

One wonders just how far Turkey is willing to push Washington...

Comments

EddieLomax JRobby Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:33 Permalink

Got to love that quote!

A day earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reacting to U.S. Sixth Fleet heading to East Mediterranean, said , “while European states’ boats abandoning refugees to death, we try to rescue every innocent’s life. You can only make it there with your Sixth Fleet, aircraft carrier.”

This moron is confusing the USA and Europe, not that Europe has any business ferrying millions of Muslims over to populate western Europe.

I'd live to see the old coalition revived between Britain, France and Russia, but with the USA and Greece added.  Once the kebab is removed from Europe and its influence removed from the middle east I think the place will be a happier and more prosperous place.

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EddieLomax Ecclesia Militans Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:37 Permalink

Battle of Navarino was even better.

 

Britain, France and Russia stopped the Ottoman attempt at genocide in Greece, not that the British government actually wanted it.  The people did, which was the only reason the taskforce was grudgingly sent, and the apparently Admiral Codrington was a firm Greek supporter, much to the annoyance of the government of the day.

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SoDamnMad Ecclesia Militans Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

Separately, Hilldabeast cannot be credited for her, "We came, we saw, he died" phrase.  It actually was spoken in 1683 by the King of Poland, John Sobieski who lead the forces against the Ottomans encircling Vienna.  The final battle saw a cavalry charge of 18,000, most of who were the Winged Hussars of Polish lands and after the battle he proclaimed, "I came, I saw, God conquered".

Cyprus does have a couple British air bases on it.  Does Turkey think it can sink an island?

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Mustafa Kemal Ecclesia Militans Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:04 Permalink

"Battle of Lepanto you old Ottoman bitches.  Get over it."

Battle of Sakarya, bitches, you can get over that too.

BTW, on Lesbos, they have a church with a Jet fighter out front. I had never seen such a thing before. Then I went inside and, in addition to  these little metal shoes the Christ child uses to sail  throughout the island at night, it is full of swords. Thought you might like to know.

But that Greek militans is from days gone by. Seeing the character of the Greeks and that of the Turks, I would  not recommend the Greeks fight the Turks again, unless they have some one else fight for them. The Turks are hardy bunch.

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OliverAnd Kayman Thu, 03/08/2018 - 14:05 Permalink

Ataturk committed genocide on a few Ethnicities...  he was responsible for more lives than Hitler.  Erdogan aspires to be bigger and better than Ataturk.  Do some reading on Ataturk and how even to this day he is praised in Turkey; imagine today in every office in Germany a poster of Hitler was on the wall...

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