To the provocative rhetoric and the threats unleashed by Ankara and by officials of the self-declared state in occupied Cyprus, ExxonMobil-Qatar Petroleum answered with a highly symbolic act taking by helicopter, last Thursday, the Cypriot Ministers of Energy and Foreign Affairs, George Lakkotrypis and Nikos Christodoulides, the Ambassador of the United States of America in Cyprus, Kathleen Doherty and the Vice President of the American conglomerate, Tristan Aspray, to visit the drillship Stena Icemax that is drilling at the target Delphyne-1 in Block 10 in Cyprus’ EEZ. The visit was considered a clear guarantee by the US of the inalienable right of the Republic of Cyprus to exploit its natural wealth.
Last Tuesday, the outrageous threats of Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Greece and Cyprus caused tensions to rise between Athens and Ankara. Speaking to the parliamentary group of his Islamic party “Justice and Development”, the Turkish President, after stating that his country is determined to use its rights that derive from the international legislation regarding the dispute in the Aegean and the Republic of Cyprus, he continued with a direct threat that the risky attitude of Greece and the Republic of Cyprus regarding the carbohydrates in Eastern Mediterranean forms a threat and a danger primarily for them. He also added that Turkey will not make the slightest retreat from its positions in the Eastern Mediterranean or any other territory and that they will defend their rights to the end.
The answer from the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs was direct and firm: “The Turkish provocations undermine the stability of the region at a crucial juncture and demonstrate the paucity of Turkey’s legal arguments.
Greece is not going to be influenced by the neighbouring country’s outbursts of aggressive rhetoric. On the contrary, as a factor of stability and security in the region, Greece will continue, in collaboration with its allies and partners, to defend international law and its own inalienable rights.
Whatever their differences, the rest of the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean recognise that energy must be a bridge of dialogue and cooperation in our region. Instead of insisting on threats and on its illegal claims and challenges, Turkey ought to adhere to this responsible stance.”
According to our well-informed sources, what “hurt” Ankara most was the warning of Athens that Greece will defend the International Law and its rights in cooperation with its allies. Turkey has run out of allies opposed to Greece who through tripartite forms of cooperation with Cyprus allied with Israel, Egypt, Jordan and also with the United Arab Emirates. It is a regional “agreement” that grows constantly stronger to the great satisfaction of the US in cooperation with France. Opposite this “agreement”, Turkey managed on its own to be isolated, because of its pirate-like behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean, its occupational intervention in Northwest Syria and its denial to comply with the International Law.
From this column, we have repeatedly written that a look at the map of this territory from above is sufficient to make it clear that Cyprus and Northern Syria (Syrian Kurdistan – Rojava) are part of the same area in the Eastern Mediterranean and are completely related with the energy safety of Europe and the presiding of the West. The Turks have started finally to realise that with the editor-in-chief of the pro-Erdogan newspaper Yeni Safak, Ibrahim Karagul, writing few days ago that «The Syria War is entirely an Eastern Mediterranean war. The way this war broke out and the way in which it was perpetuated to today is part of the plan to build a corridor from Iran to the Mediterranean and to find a way from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Caspian through Syria».
Indeed, the Americans guaranteed, with the visit at the drillship, the rights of Cyprus and at the same time, in the Syrian Kurdistan, in the “Kurdish corridor”, that Karagul exorcises, started the building of observation posts, fortresses in reality, along the borders between Northern Syria and Turkey. With these posts, the US is not taking charge only of the security of the Syrian-Turkish frontier. In reality, they guarantee with arms the borders of the Kurdish in Syria against the Turkish aggression – Recep Tayyip Erdogan has preannounced invasion for the occupation of the entire Northern Syria – and ensure that the so-called “Kurdish corridor” will remain open and under western control. At the same time- and that is even more impressive- there are talks about a reinforced relation of Cyprus with NATO.
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, two more F-35 were delivered by the Israeli Air Force, raising the total number of this type of combat aircrafts to 14 for Israel. At the same time, Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 could lead to the possible dismissal of Ankara from the F-35 program, affecting also other army purchases like the Boeing helicopters CH-47F Chinook, the Lockheed fighter planes F-16 and the helicopters UH-60 Black Hawk, as Bloomberg reported, citing a confidential report of The Pentagon that was sent to The Congress.