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Turkish warships stop Italy's ENI rig in waters off Cyprus


February 11, 2018

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish warships on manoeuvers in the Mediterranean Sea have blocked a rig belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI from reaching an area off Cyprus to start searching for gas, officials said Saturday.

Cyprus' Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told state broadcaster RIK that the rig has halted its journey heading south of Cyprus and was waiting for directions from ENI. He says Cyprus authorities are in contact with the company and the Italian government.

The Saipem 12000 rig was stopped Friday by Turkish military ships and told not to continue "because there would...

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