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Turkey: Government to Send Additional Drillship to Waters off Cyprus

1 MIN READMay 14, 2019 | 16:38 GMT

What Happened: The Turkish government will send a second drillship to waters near Cyprus, according to Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Ekathimerini reported May 13. Federica Mogherini, the EU high commissioner for foreign affairs, expressed concern about the plan, calling on Turkey to respect Cyprus' sovereignty and warning that the European Union would respond "appropriately."

Why It Matters: The announcement indicates that Turkey does not seem to fear potential retaliation by the European Union over its energy exploration in disputed waters.

Background: A Turkish ship started drilling a 5,500-meter (roughly 3.4 miles) well in the Eastern Mediterranean on May 3 in a zone that is claimed by both Cyprus and the Turkish-speaking breakaway region of Northern Cyprus.

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