Turkey warns oil companies against drilling near Cyprus

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President Erdoğan calls foreign energy firms ‘bandits of the sea’ for defying Ankara over hydrocarbon resources

  • Agence France-Presse in Istanbul
  • The Guardian

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has warned foreign oil companies against energy exploration near Cyprus, describing those defying Ankara as “bandits of the sea” who would face a similar response as its foes in Syria.

Drilling for hydrocarbon resources off the coast of Cyprus, an EU member, is hugely sensitive.

The northern third of the island is occupied by Turkey, which invaded in 1974 in response to a coup aimed at uniting the…

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