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.
Comissão Europeia - Comunicado de imprensa - Bruxelas, 25 de janeiro de 2018