2019-10-06 The Grand Turk||US warns Turkey over offshore drilling near Cyprus
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] There are rules in exploring energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday, warning |The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
not to engage in drilling activity that is "illegal" and "unacceptable."
"We’ve made clear that operations in international waters are governed by a set of rules. We’ve told the Turks that illegal drilling is unacceptable and we’ll continue to take diplomatic actions to ... ensure that lawful activity takes place," he said during a visit to Greece.
"No country can hold Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
hostage," Pompeo told a press briefing.
Tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling have intensified after Ankara sent a drilling ship to an area already licensed by Nicosia to Italian and French energy companies.
Earlier on Saturday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged the United States to use its clout to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Cyprus and Turkey are locked in a dispute over offshore rights.
Mitsotakis told Pompeo that
Ottoman Turkish moves south of the island in recent days were a "flagrant violation" of Cyprus’ sovereign rights.
Turkey and Greece are allies in NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
but long at loggerheads over Cyprus, which has been ethnically split between Greek and
Ottoman Turkish Cypriots since 1974.
"The United States have a particular interest in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Cyprus is only asking for the self-evident, the implementation of international law," Mitsotakis told Pompeo, who is visiting Greece on the last leg of a trip to southern Europe.
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