Erdogan: Cyprus Oil Drilling Is A Security Threat To East Mediterranean

Authored by Txvetana Paraskova via,

The Eastern Mediterranean will face a security threat should Cyprus continue its unilateral operations of offshore oil and gas exploration in the region, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech at think tank Chatham House in London on Monday.

Turkey, which recognizes the northern Turkish Cypriot government and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with the internationally recognized government of Cyprus, claims that part of the Cyprus offshore area is under the jurisdiction of Turkish Cypriots or Turkey.

Tensions in the area flared up earlier this year, after Turkish Navy vessels threatened in February to sink a drilling ship that oil major Eni had hired to explore for oil and gas offshore Cyprus—the divided island whose northern part is run by Turkish Cypriots and is recognized only by Turkey.

Weeks before that, Turkey’s Navy had blocked the drilling vessel that Eni had hired. Eni’s chief executive Claudio Descalzi had said that the row is a diplomatic one and out of the company’s control. Descalzi said that Eni would probably move the blocked drilling ship, but would not pull out of its project in Cyprus.

While the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus said that its “goal is to fully explore Cyprus’s hydrocarbon potential,” Turkey claims that the drilling operations are ‘unilateral’ and claims that part of the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus is under Turkish jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, just last week, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said that Turkey would begin its first solo oil and gas deepwater drilling in the Mediterranean before the end of this summer.

Turkey has strongly opposed what it describes as “unilateral” drilling offshore the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, and Turkish Cypriots argue that the offshore oil and gas resources of the island should be exploited jointly to ensure equal rights for both parties.


Arnold Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:04 Permalink

Taking his comments in isolation, this Caliph may be considered insane.
From a broader perspective, where is the charisma that most psychotics have?

Baron Samedi Arnold Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:21 Permalink

The Caliph is a humorless loon - and in the old days, when the generals got fed up, they punched reset, took a long, deep breath - and tried another candidate.  The Susurluk incident made that SOP a bit awkward, but lets see if they get their mojo back - and maybe move Turkey back on a more secular path again as a bonus! 

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new game Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:07 Permalink

imagine that- two claims for one resource. moar bloodshed over oil...

turkey, the nato wildcard. trump, send bolten in to settle this and stir russia to the brink.

moar scripted conflict. east vs west drama. 

Arnold HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:44 Permalink

I admit that I have no direct perspective on that.

But the White Commies seem to be out selling the competition with their energy export; from Euro and Central Asia perspective, being cooperative may not be a bad place to be.

Russia seems to be taking Baby Steps again militarily, and Big Boy pants on in the Energy Biz.

Superficially, a good position.

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Pandelis Arnold Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

horseface? dealing with a nobody?  you think too highly of yourself chap ... typical of chumptards ... btw, i am not a obama fan, he was a tool of the (((same))) people  ... but this might be foreign language to you arnie - take good care of yourself and i mean it ... you will need it where chump is taking us.

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EddieLomax HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:00 Permalink

And the fact he's allying up with Russia is a curious one, its an alliance doomed to fail since

1) He's an Islamic nutcase, Russia isn't.

2) Other than opposing US, Turkey opposes and is a natural opponent of Russia.

For #2 look at Turkey and Syria for example.  It'll be interesting to see how long this lasts and who dumps who first.  But if the USA ever imploded we'd see Turkey and Russia fall out very fast.

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To Hell In A H… Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:20 Permalink
  • What belongs in your territorial waters, or mainland belongs to you.
  • Where the oil or gas deposits sit on both sides, you share the ratio. In short, what happened to the concept of sharing? 

The concept of sharing oil was destroyed by the Brits, Yanks and French. These fuckers just decided to take other peoples resources and now the Turks are putting their own take on this concept. Might is right and the Turks have it over the Cypriots. As I've been saying since the turn of the century. This is the latest spat in many to come, that academics will refer to as the resource wars.

Brazen Heist buzzsaw99 Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:57 Permalink

NATO is a front organisation for the lucrative industry of Russia bashing.

It also side hustles regime change on Russia's periphery and in the Middle East, pimping out Wahhabi terrorist whores to pillage the Middle East and eggs on corrupted lackeys in eastern Europe to reverse engineer its own version of the USSR.

Most Westerners are imperial subjects and hence unable to experience the receiving end of the racket.

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SaudiMail Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:49 Permalink

I thought when a country lost a war they lost control of their geographical boundaries, this happened to Turkey after the WW1, Germany after WW2 and the Palestinians after 1968.  Same with Hillary Clinton and British EU remainer lot, still harping on about  democratic electoral defeat.  So why won't these places/people accept that they lost and get over it?