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Cyprus was taking all necessary diplomatic steps to resolve peacefully the harassment of ENI’s drillship Saipem 12000 by Turkish warships and avoid an escalation, President Nicos Anastasiades  said on Sunday.

Turkey on Tuesday issued a new Navtex, or notice to mariners, effectively extending a blockade that prevents offshore drilling for natural gas by Italian energy firm ENI inside the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Republic of Cyprus is expected to lodge a protest with the United Nations over moves by Turkey to prevent an Italian vessel from exploring for gas in the eastern Mediterranean. 

Groningen has been one of Europe’s richest gas fields for 30 years, and thousands of people say their homes have been damaged by the tremors that drilling sets off. Now a class action may finally bring them compensation – and force a rethink of European energy security.

The Netherlands’ Government tells 200 companies they have four years to stop sourcing gas from Groningen field after increasingly significant earthquakes.

Months of work has led to our current position! Below, you'll find different tools to assist us all, in raising much needed funds. Just to remind all, ASMAA receives no funds from government, big businesses or foundations to support us in our work.

Turkey's confrontation with an Italian drilling ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea could quickly reach crisis proportions. As I noted in an Al-Monitor story Dec. 26, developments were warning of growing tension between Turkey and the Greek Cypriots over newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves south of the island.

On 10 February Turkish warships on manoeuvres in the Mediterranean Sea have blocked the drilling ship - (Saipem 12000 – the same drilling ship that is licensed to drill off Costa Vicentina in Portugal), the SAIPEM 12000 - belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI and prevented it from reaching an area off Cyprus to start searching for gas, according to official government sources.

After finding a promising gas field off Cyprus last month, the drillship Saipem 12000 was scheduled to head for another lease site to the east.

The EU warned Turkey on Monday (12 February) to refrain from any "threat" against Cyprus, after a Turkish vessel prevented an Italian ship from reaching a drilling zone for gas off the Cypriot coast.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano met his Turkish colleague, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Kuwait City on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh.

Since 2H00am on 21 January that ASMAA’s websites have been under constant attack by some very nasty and bent on destruction hackers, determined to break them.

So many people have told us that they were struggling to find ASMAA's new charity, upcycle shop and community hub in Portimão. We took notice, and to make it easy for you to find us, here's detailed maps, photos and directions.

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