Turkish warships stop Eni’s drillship off CyprusStaff Writer | February 12, 2018
Turkish warships on Friday reportedly blocked an Eni-operated drillship from moving into an area offshore Cyprus.
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The news came just a day after Eni had announced a promising gas discovery at the Calypso well, located in the Block 6, offshore Cyprus.
Turkey and the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus have criticized what they claim to be “unilateral hydrocarbon-related activities” by the Cypriot government.
On Sunday, Turkish foreign ministry issued a statement saying: “Despite all our warnings, the Greek Cypriot Administration continues its unilateral hydrocarbon-related activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. It does so in disregard of the inalienable rights on natural resources of the Turkish Cypriot people, who are the co-owners of the Island.”
“Within this context, we have most recently observed that there is an intention to commence activities in block number three in the Greek Cypriot Administration’s so-called exclusive economic zone,” the Turkish foreign ministry said.
The ministry did not comment on the reports that Turkish warships have prevented movement of the Eni-run drilling rig. However, it warned that “the sole responsibility for any situation that could arise as a consequence falls on the Greek Cypriot side.” ■