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Report: Russia to establish military bases in EU member Cyprus


Special to By Miles Yu, A Russian publication has reported that Cyprus has agreed to allow Russia to establish air and naval bases in its territory, causing a major stir within the EU community. The news was first […]

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Turkey sets new rules of engagement in Mediterranean showdown with Israel, Cyprus

Helicopter delivers Turkey's Naval Forces Commander Adm. Bülent Bostanoğlu for a briefing during an exercise.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has been preparing for a naval confrontation with Greece and Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. Officials said the Turkish Navy has been authorized to stop foreign energy exploration and development in the eastern Mediterranean. […]

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Turkey warns Cyprus against gas exploration in the Mediterranean

The SAIPEM 10000 drillship.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has asked the Republic of Cyprus to end energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed objection to the deployment of an energy exploration ship in Cyprus’ economic zone in the […]

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Uninvited: Turkey plans to search for energy in Cypriot waters

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has been considering forcing its way into the area of energy exploration in Cyprus. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the government was considering a plan for Ankara to begin exploring for crude oil […]

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Corruption central: Countries in Mideast have little control over defense industries


Special to LONDON — The level of corruption in Middle East defense procurement is among the highest in the world, a report said. Transparency International, a London-based group, said the high corruption included Israel, whose parliament has little oversight […]

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Turkey, Lebanon seen challenging energy exploration in E. Mediterranean

Tamar natural gas rig.

Special to ANKARA — Regional rivalries have threatened energy projects in the Mediterranean Sea. The International Energy Agency warned that challenges by Lebanon and Turkey threaten major energy projects by Israel and the Republic of Cyprus. The Paris-based organization […]

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UK fighters confront Syrian Su-24s in Cypriot air space

RAF Typhoon.

Special to LONDON — For the first time, Syria has expanded air force operations and confronted a NATO ally in the Mediterranean Sea. The British Defense Ministry confirmed reports that an air confrontation took place over the Mediterranean on […]

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Cyprus, key base for NATO, signals it won’t play major role in Syrian campaign

Greek Cypriot
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.  /AFP

Special to NICOSIA — The Republic of Cyprus does not envision playing a major role in any NATO air campaign against Syria. A senior Cypriot official said the two British bases on the eastern Mediterranean island would probably not […]

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Russian military accord with Cyprus could pose problems for NATO, U.S.


Special to MOSCOW — Russia has been preparing to sign a major military agreement with the Republic of Cyprus. Officials said the Kremlin has drafted an agreement that envisioned significant military and defense cooperation with Cyprus. The officials said […]

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Letter from Israel: Let’s hear it for Portugal

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho prepares to address the country on April 7.  /Armando Franca/AP

Special to By Norman Bailey If the European market weren’t so important to Israel, the never-ending saga of European wrong-headedness would be laughable. A Martian watching the antics from space would be overcome by diabolical laughter. The crisis of […]

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