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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2017 9:10 p.m. PST

… Monitor Oil Drilling Off The Coast Of Cyprus.

"Turkey has sent two ships and a submarine to monitor a drilling vessel in the eastern Mediterranean, the military said on Thursday, in a move likely to increase tension with Cyprus after reunification talks failed last week.

The drilling work, a contractual obligation between Cyprus and France's Total, comes a week after the collapse of talks to reunify the divided island nation, split between ethnic Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Ankara has said it will take measures against Cyprus for engaging in gas and oil exploration around the island. It says that hydrocarbon resources in the waters around the divided island should belong to both sides…"


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Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2017 1:34 p.m. PST

Turkey seems to be in a permanent "hold my beer and watch this" mode.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2017 2:26 p.m. PST

Well, let's see …

ISIS can't sell Erdogan oil any longer, and he doesn't want to have to ask Moscow for fuel (both gas and oil). So, for Erdogan to realize his Pan(ned) Turkey* dream, he's gonna have to secure himself some new fossil fuel deposits. In this case it's gas.

If that's the case, then he's going to wait until the drilling is nearly complete before moving in and taking over those sites.

* Greater Turkey. But I prefer to imagine it as a big pan-fried bird.

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