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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A lot more to that Cypriot joint exercise

YNet reports on the joint exercise with Cyprus later this week and it sounds like there's a lot more to it than we saw previously.
According to the Turkish daily Sabah, the two's eastern Mediterranean exercise suffers from "unfortunate timing," as it may cause the already high tensions between both Jerusalem and Nicosia and Ankara to aggravate further.

Diplomatic Israeli sources, however, told the Cyprus Mail website that the maneuvers were "a routine exercise between allies," adding that they were devoid of any political message. Still, the Turkish media maintained that Israel and Cyprus wish to relay "a menacing message" to Ankara, following its enhanced military presence in the eastern Mediterranean.

Nicosia's Defense Ministry Spokesperson Andreas Tyrimos said that his ministry "is not participating in any exercises.”

Turkey is expected to follow the maneuvers – which will see Israeli aircrafts fly out of Greek Cyprus – very closely.

The newspaper reported that Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his Cypriot counterpart had agreed on the exercise.

Turkish media linked the drill to Turkey's mineral resources dispute with Cyprus, but the latter insists that the upcoming excise was merely a search and rescue one.
We're waiting for the Turks to demand an apology. Heh.

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At 2:18 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Expect Erdogan attempting to shoot down an IAF plane.


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