France leads by example and deploys 2 combat ships in Eastern Mediterranean to support Greece

As we have already echoed since the beginning of the week, the tension continues to grow between Turkey and the Greek-Cypriot couple as the Turkish mining exploration vessel Orus Reis, escorted by frigates and corvettes of the Turkish Navy, is heading for the Cypriot continental shelf to carry out investigations with a view to finding gas fields. To oppose the Turkish flotilla, the Hellenic Air Force and Navy were placed on heightened alert, and a flotilla of Greek warships positioned themselves to halt the Turkish advance. The situation is in fact…

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Greek naval and air forces on heightened alert against Turkey

The new incursion of a Turkish flotilla into Cypriot waters to accompany the research vessel Orus Reis has led the Greek authorities to put their naval and air forces on heightened alert. The confrontation between the two countries is fast approaching, while Athens intends to prevent the Turkish mining exploration ship, escorted by at least 5 military buildings, from carrying out the surveys to determine the presence of hydrocarbons in the Cypriot maritime basement. At the request of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, an exceptional meeting of European Ministers of Foreign Affairs will take place this Friday on this subject. Tuesday, August 11…

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France would have deployed Rafale in Cyprus

According to the site Defenseworld.net, generally well informed about what surrounds Turkish Defense, two Rafale combat planes of the French Air Force were observed on the Cypriot base Andreas Papandreou near the city of Paphos, on the west coast of the island. The two French aircraft, accompanied by a Hercule KC-130J refueling aircraft and a C-160R Transall for logistical support, would take part in exercises with the Cypriot National Guard. But the information comes as Athens and Nicosia are once again on high alert following the intrusion of a new Turkish mining exploration vessel accompanied by an armed naval escort into Cypriot waters. In fact, the…

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Is the attitude of the Turkish navy in the Mediterranean a threat to Europe and NATO?

For more than a year, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey has been providing massive support to the GNA, the Libyan government of national unity which opposes militarily the National Liberation Army of Marshal Haftar (see our two-part dossier on Turkish involvement in Libya). In a few months, the human and material reinforcements conveyed by Turkey and Qatar succeeded in reversing the tactical situation in the region of Tripoli, hitherto besieged by the ANL and its allies. In recent weeks, however, Turkish support for the GNA has pushed Ankara into playing a particularly dangerous game vis-à-vis the European Union and NATO, whose…

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Renewed tensions between Paris and Ankara over Libya and Cyprus

Relations between French President E. Macron and his counterpart RT Erdogan have already been very undiplomatic in recent months, both regarding the Turkish intervention in northern Syria and the policy of fait accompli that is trying to implement the Ottoman authorities around the huge gas field discovered near Cyprus, and which depends on the independent part of the island, a member of the European Union. But in recent days, tensions have taken a new step, when the French president openly accused RT Erdogan of not respecting his commitments in Libya, by fueling the conflict with mercenaries…

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France supports Cyprus against Turkey

On the occasion of the summit of southern European countries, or MED7, held in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on January 29, President Macron declared that France supported Cypriot sovereignty, assuring President Anastasiades not only of the solidarity, but of France's support in this dossier, particularly in the face of Turkey. This declaration is part of a tense situation, while the authorities of the Island have undertaken underwater explorations with the aim of finding and exploiting significant reserves of natural gas, located in the waters of the country. Exploitations widely disputed by Turkey, which considers that it would be a spoliation…

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