Heading for Cyprus, US Sen. Menendez Fires at Turkey

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)

Due on the divided island of Cyprus on April 15 for an unofficial visit. New Jersey Democratic US Senator Robert Menendez said America won’t tolerate Turkey’s tough stance in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“We made it clear that we will no longer accept Turkey’s aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean region,” the newspaper Phileleftheros quoted Menendez as saying in response to Turkey trying to keep out foreign energy companies – including ExxonMobil – from drilling for oil and gas off the island where it is licensed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, unsatisfied with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’ offer to share any potentially lucrative energy revenues with Turkish-Cypriots occupying the northern third since an unlawful 1974 invasion, wants a say in licensing companies as well.

He had sent warships off the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) set by the legitimate government – which he doesn’t recognize and keeps barring its ships and planes – in a bid to keep out foreign companies, succeeding only in preventing a ship from the Italian firm Eni from reaching its destination.

ExxonMobil said it had made a major find of gas but Turkey, with the US Sixth Fleet having ships in the region, has not made any attempt to interfere with the American company.
Menendez said the US will “need to increase the support that will allow Greece to fulfill commitments under NATO” and lift the arms embargo against Cyprus to encourage reunification by preventing an arms race on the island.

That hasn’t kept Turkey from building a 35,000-strong army on the island and having all the weapons it needs while keeping Cyprus from being able to get US-made weapons as Turkey is also buying from the US – including planned F-35 fighter jets purchases.

A bill aiming to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus was introduced last year to the U.S. Congress but was not enacted despite support from Diaspora groups pushing for it.

A diplomatic source told the Cyprus News Agency that Menendez’s meeting with Anastasiades will discuss the issue of the lifting of the arms embargo, the Cyprus issue and Cyprus-US relations. “Menendez is definitely very important for Cyprus,” the source said.

3 Comments

  1. No.. .Menendez, Bolton, Pompeo,May, Tsipras, Anastasiadis, Pyatt, Ted Cruz, Netanyahuje, Graham , Clinton, Bush , and Obama, Junker and Stolzberg, leaders of the EU and Nato…and not to mention the Godfather of theses Mobsters , the Saudi Arabia royal family .. who .should disappear from the Earth!

    They represent the greatest threat to peace in the world and that is not me,.but based on an International Gallup polls of the countries of the world in 2014 and 2018…which TNH and the fake news media conceals from the populace, just like the

    For the Glory of America and Israel…we watch a corrupt pay to play politician called Menendez who as part of the Foreign Relations committee…has represented the interests of a foreign country called Israel, which includes making the enemies of Israel ..like iran , Syria, Iraq, Libya, …the enemies of America!

    What makes…Nato member Turkey ..now an enemy of America.and Israel is they no longer cooperate in the overthrow of the country of Syria, or in supporting the Proxy Kurdish army of the U.S and Israel who were promised a piece of the oil rich Syria , which of course, will be controlled by the U.S and Israel!
    They now do business with the created enemy of these fascist like buying oil and gas from Russia, Iran , and Venezuela, and their military equipment!

    No.. what we need is to make these degenerates disappear who create these monsters like Turkey,AND Israel, who can make claims on Cyprus oil reserves!

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