By KEREM HASAN
Turkish news reports said the jets had taken to the air to “welcome” the Yavuz, which is joining the Fatih in drilling in waters claimed as part of the Turkish and TRNC continental shelf, but also overlaps waters designated by the Greek Cypriots as part of their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
South Nicosia has also been conducting explorations and announced this month that it stands to gain more than $9 billion exporting gas from its offshore Aphrodite field under a renegotiated contract with a consortium made up of Shell, Texas-Based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek.
The Yavuz was seen off Konyaaltı, Antalya, yesterday and is due to start drilling off the Karpaz next month, Turkish officials have said.
The development came as it emerged that the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee had approved bipartisan draft legislation on American policy in the region, which declares “Israel, Greece, and [South] Cyprus . . . key partners of the United States” and says Washington “fully support[s] the trilateral partnership of Israel, Greece, and [South] Cyprus through energy and defence cooperation initiatives”.
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