What Happened: Turkey has threatened to respond in kind if Cyprus follows through on arrest warrants for crew members of the Turkish drilling vessel Fatih and officials with the Turkish Petroleum Corporation for "illegally" entering Cyprus' continental shelf in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Hurriyet Daily News reported June 10.
Why It Matters: Ankara's rebuttal indicates that it has no intention of foregoing exploration activities in the sea, especially in areas that it claims as part of its own exclusive economic zone or that of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (which only Turkey recognizes).
Background: On May 3, the Fatih deployed to about 40 nautical miles outside Paphos, Cyprus, to an area that both Turkey and Cyprus claim as part of their respective exclusive economic zones.
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