The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which is followed by six accompanying ships, is now west of plot 8 of the Cyprus EEZ, sending a clear message to Turkey.
As the Cyprus News Agency and Sigmalive report, the prolonged presence of the French carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Cypriot EEZ is essentially seen as a response to Turkish illegal actions with the seismic research vessel Yavuz.
However, the French carrier Charles de Gaulle is expected to return to Cyprus by the end of the month, where it is expected to dock in Limassol.
The Cyprus News Agency reports that the French Charles de Gaulle aircraft, which is being followed by six accompanying ships, has crossed plot 8, has continued its course and is now west of block 8, off the coast of Cyprus.
In recent days, various Twitter accounts have also been posting satellite photos of the movements of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Eastern Mediterranean and the location of the Turkish drilling rig “Yavuz”.
The next drilling on the “Kronos” target of the EEZ 6 plot to be carried out by the ENI-Total consortium is scheduled for late March to early April.
It is recalled that a competent EU Relex working group approved yesterday the listing of sanctions on “two senior executives” who have played a significant role in Turkey’s illegal actions in the Cypriot EEZ.
Security issues in the eastern Mediterranean and Turkish challenges in the Cyprus EEZ have been at the center of a visit to Cyprus by US Undersecretary of State for Energy Frances Francis Fannon, accompanied by a team of high-ranking security officials.
The carrier’s visit is aimed at Ankara for its illegal actions in the Cyprus EEZ and is interpreted as also fermenting at deepening cooperation at the 3 + 1 level, the model promoted by Cyprus, Greece, and Israel.