Tensions escalate in Cyprus waters
France further intensified its strong military presence
in the Eastern Mediterranean on Wednesday, in an effort
to send a clear message of military might to all those
who provoke Cyprus regarding its sovereign rights in the
The flagship of the French Navy, aircraft carrier
Charles de Gaulle, escorted by six accompanying vessels
and carrying a number of Rafale fighter jets, military
helicopters and drones, sailed to block number eight in
Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
Block 8 has come under the spotlight in the last two
weeks since it is the area where Turkey’s state-owned
”Yavuz” drillship is blatantly violating Cyprus’
continental shelf, drilling in search for natural gas
Turkey, however, is not only violating Cyprus’ sovereign
rights in the area but also infringes upon the rights of
French and Italian energy giants ”Totale” and ”ENI”
which have legal licenses granted by Nicosia to conduct
Diplomatic tensions between Paris and Ankara have grown
significantly over the recent period since the two
nations are on opposing sides on many geopolitical
developments in the broader region.
This move comes after the recent announcements by French
President Macron and Greek Premier Mitsotakis that the
two countries will soon work toward forming a defense
pact which will further strengthen the already-excellent
relations between Athens and Paris.
The ”Charles De Gaulle”, the largest aircraft carrier in
Europe, docked at the port of Limassol in Cyprus last
Other nations involved with their fleets around the
island of Cyprus are, the United States, Italy, Great
Briatain and Russia.