US Wants Turkey to Cease Provocative Drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

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WASHINGTON – The US Department of State urges Turkey to halt drilling operations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.

“The United States is deeply concerned by Turkey’s announced intentions to begin offshore drilling operations in an area claimed by the Republic of Cyprus as its Exclusive Economic Zone. This step is highly provocative and risks raising tensions in the region. We urge Turkish authorities to halt these operations and encourage all parties to act with restraint,” the statement said.

With Turkey drilling for oil and gas in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ,) Greece’s government is anxious that there could be further provocations in the East Mediterranean and the Aegean, also calling for an end to the violation of sovereign waters.

The European Union – which Turkey wants to join – issued one of its variety of escalating worries, this one for “grave concern,” stronger than just concern, and said it would “respond appropriately and in full solidarity” with Cyprus but is powerless to do anything really.

The Greek Foreign Ministry also denounced Turkey’s decision and called on Ankara to “immediately cease its illegal activities, to respect Cyprus’s inalienable sovereign rights and to desist from further actions that undermine stability in the region.”

Similar previous entreaties have been ignored by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has stepped up tensions in waters off Cyprus and Greek islands, repeatedly sending in fighter jets and warships to violate airspace and the seas.

The increase in fighter jet incursion, with frequent mock dogfights with Greek pilots is seen as an indication that Erdogan will forge ahead, uncaring what Greece, Cyprus, the EU or the United States has to say.

Turkey has claimed a so-called Blue Homeland under Erdogan, ranging across half of the East Mediterranean, including the continental shelves of Cyprus, Rhodes, Kastellorizo, Karpathos, Kassos and the eastern section of Crete.

That has been going on even though Greece and Turkey belong to NATO, the defense alliance whose chief, former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, said he wants no part of any troubles between the countries at any rate.


  1. Today ..John Bolton , Mike Pompeio, Robert Menenendez , Marco Rubio..are sending aircraft carrier group to the middle East to embargo oil from Iran and threaten war, embargoing the oil and gas exports of Venezuela and threatening war with Venezuela, maintaining occupation with Terrorist rebel proxy armies of the oil fields of Syria, and declaring economic warfare on Greece and the rest of the world ..if they buy Russian , Venezuelan, or Iranian oil!

    The common denominator, all these countries represent owners of large oil and gas reserves, like bombed and invaded Iraq, libya, Yemen etc etc and why the Empire is threatening Turkey in the Cyprus oil and gas on behalf of Exxon Mobil ..not Cyprus!

    Exxon Mobil ordered the war on Venezuela, because the leader of Venezuela nationalized the oil industry after watching Exxon take most of the profits from the oil fields of the people of Venezuela!

    What TNH does not reveal that Israel, like Turkey have made territorial claims on the oil and gas deposits of Cyprus, and explains U.S and Menendez interests, not Cyprus!

    Anybody that does any business with Menendez, Bolton , or Pompeio….are collaborators of Fascism ..and nothing more!

    When you have 22 aircraft carriers compared to two by Russian and China…and 800 military bases in 80 countries of the world a cost of 800 billions dollars to represent the interests of a bunch of Aristocratic mobsters compared to Russia’s and China’s one base

  2. TNH, Endy Zemenides, Robert Menendez and their Greek Secret Society of Masons..for the Glory of America and Israeli Aristocratic mobsters…could care less about Greece or Cyprus …. and are only interested in using Greece and Cyprus as vassal governments who do what they say, as we saw in the Macedonian theft, not closing U.S and Nato bases in Greece, and now looking to take control of the oil and gas assets of Cyprus!

    Let me give you an example of a Fascist enterprise by the U.S. to control the economic, and political sovereignty of Greece and Cypurs ..and give you a glimpse of what could happen to Cyprus ..if they become part of the Eastern Mediterranean partnership with Israel and the U.S as confessed to by non other than he Hitler look a like …John, the mass murderer Bolton attempting to wage economic, political , and military warfare against the people of remove their elected leader , who did the right thing in nationalizing their oil and gas industry …in order to provide the people of Venezuela with the profits of their oil reserves, which were drained by the leased Exxon Mobil oil company!

    While starving the people of Venezuela of need assets by embargoing their oil and gas exports… Bolton blatantly and without fear of prosecution.states.

    ” We will inject the necessary capital into the inefficient oil industry, and our petrol corporations are eager to revive Venezuela’s hydrocarbon industry and make it profitable again.

  3. The only reason the US is backing the Greeks on this one is because an American giant mike Exxon is involved. The Greeks were well advised to make a deal with them. My biggest fear is that the Turks will cut a side deal with the US to either back off in exchange for an island or something else to Greece’s detriment. Trust no one !

    1. Niko, well stated and I agree, because , if Cyprus did not agree, Menendez would have do to them, what he did in Venezuela, libya, etc.

      I have no problem with Cyprus providing Exxon Mobil with the opportunity to drill for oil and sign a leasing arrangement with a foreign country to withdraw the oil reserves!

      The problem . is being part of a security alliance called the Eastern Mediterranean partnership which offers 3 million dollars to train Cypriot soldiers, and allows them the “Privilege
      ” to buy U.S weapons, which have been readily provided to Turkey for Decades , so they can punish Turkey for being insubordinate in buying weapons from Russia, or buying oil and gas from Iran, Russia , and now Venezuela which make Cyprus a partner of economic warfare against the enemies of America, not Cyprus and makes the Apartheid state and human rights oppressor Israel, their co owner!

      Bolton, Pompeio, Pyatt, Menendez. make a living on destroying countries to take over their oil assets and sovereignty!

      Niko, today these fascist take advantage of a weak and destitute Greece and Cyprus run by corrupt stooges of Nato and the EU…. who are cowards, Traitors and prostitutes just to hold power and money to be the fraudulent leaders of Greece and Cyprus!

      There is a reason.why the British still launch war crimes bombing of foreign countries from the shores of Cyprus.and why Cyprus is called a floating aircraft carrier by the Nato U.S., British and Turkey!

  4. Niko., come to grips that America is now the leader of an organized crime family of Tyrants who are advancing Global war .to consolidate the control of the Economic, Political and military sovereignty of the independent countries of the world !

    This organized crime family includes the U.S, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, and Qatar, and now makes Cyprus and Greece part of …

    Niko ..this is the starting line up of” Murderers Row” whose allies with Menendez include Bush, Trump ,Obama, Clinton, Nentanyahu, Edrogan, Menendez, McCain , and the royal degenerates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE…all responsible for the murder of 3 1/2 million people in the Middle East and Yemen!

    Pompeo reveals in press statement, who Greece’s and Cyprus other partners are… and how they are to be used.!……

    ‘Our goal has been to get countries to cease importing Iranian oil entirely. We granted exemptions from our sanctions to seven countries (Greece) and to Taiwan. .

    Today, we no longer grant any exemptions. We’re going to zero,across the board. We will continue to enforce sanctions and monitor compliance. Any nation or entity interacting with Iran does at its own risk!
    Both the” Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have assured us they will ensure an appropriate supply for the markets. And of course, the United States!

    A partnership that makes Cyprus part of economic warfare against the enemies of the U.S and Israel, but also on Greece and Cyprus!


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