Turkey responds to sanctions with drilling

Ankara's announcement on Friday that it is dispatching a vessel to conduct drilling operations off northeastern Cyprus coupled with a spike in Turkish violations of Greek airspace is being seen as a response to, if not an outright snub of sanctions announced a few days ago by the European Union Foreign Affairs Council over its activities within the Eastern Mediterranean island's territorial waters. 

The decision to send the Fatih drillship to Cyprus was announced on Friday by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and it coincided with the 36th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish-Cypriot breakaway state in the occupied north of the island. 

Meanwhile, Turkey's Yavuz drillship remains in Block 7 of Cyprus' exclusive economic zone and, according to a fresh navigational telex issued by Ankara, the Oruc Reis research vessel is heading to an area off the island's...

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