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Turkey Defies Warning, Insists on Drilling in Greek Waters

Turkey has defied Greece's warning to cancel its planned drilling for hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean, close to Greek islands, claiming that exploration will take place on its own continental shelf. “The new license areas that Turkish Petroleum applied for, regarding...

Turkey Blasts Countries for Condemning Illegal Drilling Off Cyprus

Turkey reacted angrily on Monday to a joint declaration issued earlier in the day by Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates denouncing “ongoing illegal Turkish activities” in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami...

Turkish Vessel to Begin Gas Exploration Off Crete – Report

A Turkish newspaper reported on Wednesday that Ankara will soon send an exploration vessel to start searching for hydrocarbon reserves off the southeast corner of the Greek island of Crete. Yeni Safak reported that the vessel Oruc Reis will...

Turkey Proposes Halt to All Drilling Activities on Cyprus Until Island's Reunification

Responding to Italy's recent remarks that the EU should sanction Turkey for its behavior inside Cyprus' maritime borders, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a long statement on Thursday which basically asked Cyprus to stop its drilling activities. 'We consider the...

US Calls on Turkey to Halt "Provocative" Drilling Operations Off Cyprus

The United Sates expressed its “deep concern” over Turkey’s drilling operations off Cyprus, including plans to dispatch the drill ship Yavuz south of the island, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday. “This provocative step raises tensions in the region....

UK Sides With Cyprus, Deplores New Turkish Drilling in Eastern Mediterranean

High-ranking officials of the United Kingdom condemned on Tuesday Turkey's new provocative actions around and inside the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus. Asked to comment on the Turkish activity around the island by the state-run Cyprus News...

Erdogan Declares Turkey Can Drill East of Crete (video)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised interview on Sunday that Turkey will not only conduct research on hydrocarbons but also drill in the Mediterranean sea area east of Crete. Using a map to indicate the location, he...

Erdogan Claims Turkey, Libya Can Start Drilling South of Crete

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave an interview to the Turkish state-run TRT television network on Monday evening in which he announced Ankara's plans to conduct drillings in cooperation with Libya southeast of Crete. In an unprecedented statement denying Greece's sovereign...

Turkish Drilling Ship "Fatih" Begins Operation Off Cyprus, Flaunting EU Warnings

The Turkish oil-and-gas drilling ship Fatih has started its operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said on Friday, despite warnings from European Union for Ankara to stand down. On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs...

France, Cyprus Joint Naval Exercises Seen as Message to Turkey

France and Cyprus are conducting naval maneuvers off the coast of Cyprus as the east Mediterranean island nation is embroiled in a tense dispute with Turkey over offshore gas drilling. Two French frigates heading to Syria plan to take part...