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Europe: Turkey Pokes and Prods Over Cyprus

MIN READFeb 15, 2018 | 19:29 GMT

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The waters of the Eastern Mediterranean have been heating up in the wake of disputes among the many countries active in the region. On Feb. 11, Cyprus announced that the Turkish military was holding exercises that blocked a ship operated by Italian oil and gas company Eni. Cyprus had hired the company to drill in its waters, which Turkey claims as its own. Then on Feb. 12, a Turkish patrol boat ran into a Greek coast guard ship that was anchored off the islands of Imia/Kardak, claimed by both Greece and Turkey. In response to both events, the European Union issued a statement asking Turkey to "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighborly" ties....

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