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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – On Sunday, Ankara issued a notice to seafarers around the southwest coast of Cyprus, informing them that Turkish ships will continue drilling for oil and gas in the region.

According to the state-owned Anadolu Agency, the exploration vessel “Yavuz” will resume its duties in the designated area, from August 18 to September 15, according to the NAFTEX notice issued today.

The Yavuz is scheduled to operate side by side in the region, with the ships “Artgrel Bay”, “Osman Bey” and “Orhan Bey”.

The notice stressed that sailors should not approach the area during the aforementioned period.

The agency said that “the Cyprus Romanian Administration issued a counter notification to respond to Ankara, claiming that the Turkish notification was unauthorized and invalid, and that the activities of the Yavuz and its accompanying ships were illegal.”

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country is ready to respond to Greece in the event of the latter’s attack on the Turkish drilling vessel “Uruj Rais” in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Erdogan added, in a televised speech, on Saturday: “We will not hesitate to respond (to Greece) in the event that the Uruj Rais ship is attacked.”

Greece has yet to respond to Erdogan’s latest threat.

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2020-08-17 00:14
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Thankfully the ship pictured is not Turkish. It’s the Moskva, pride of the Russian fleet. When any picture of a warship will do?

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Stern Daler
2020-08-17 18:03
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At least is not one of Turkey’s old wrecks.

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2020-08-17 18:16

All these Turkish research vessels are named after men that robbed, pillaged and conquered the nations in and around Anatolia and the Mediterranean . They appear in the daily Ottoman Turkish soap operas of the good old Turkish times. 2/3 of Turkish TV viewers watch them. The research vessels are companied with threats and warships. What can you say more? p.s. Do the Turks really want that warlike time back? Do the Turks understand that the Ottoman conquests were driven by a state that had about 25% of world GDP? Do they understand that e.g. the EU or the US… Read more »

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2020-08-17 18:24

Erdogan speaks like a Jihadi that has prepared a false flag attack.
If “Uruj Rais” in the eastern Mediterranean region is hit in Greek waters?

Turkey shoots back and starts a war that it cannot win.