Turkey sent ships and submarine to monitor a drilling vessel near Cyprus

Vastavam web: Turkey has sent two ships and a submarine to monitor a drilling vessel in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the military said on Thursday, in a move likely to increase tension with Cyprus after reunification talks failed last week.The drilling work, a contractual obligation between Cyprus and France’s Total (TOTF.PA), comes a week after the collapse of talks to reunify the divided island nation, split between ethnic Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
The military said it had deployed the frigates and a submarine to the eastern Mediterranean to “guarantee the security of oil transportation”.Another frigate was dispatched to monitor a drilling vessel off the coast of Cyprus, it said.Turkey’s energy and foreign ministries are working together to plan steps against the Greek side’s unilateral steps, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, without giving details on what those steps might entail.