Turkey-Cyprus tensions escalate with naval exercise

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Posted on May 15, 2019, 2:33 pm
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“The legitimate rights of Turkey and the Northern Cypriot-Turks over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean are not open to argument,” he said. “Our country is determined to defend its rights and those of Cypriot-Turks,” he said at an Istanbul NATO gathering this month.

“We expect NATO to respect Turkey’s rights in this process and support us in preventing tensions,” he added.

Erdogan is likely to be disappointed in his calls for support, with international criticism building against hid country. Analysts warn the dispute threatens to further isolate Turkey in the region.

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