Archiv: Cyprus


26.07.2022 - 14:05 [ Haaretz ]

European Lawmaker Targeted With Israeli-made Predator Spyware

In wake of the Project Pegasus investigation, the European Parliament began checking lawmakers devices – the head of the Greek socialist party’s phone had Predator, which is produced by a firm called Cytrox, is almost identical to the infamous Pegasus spyware made by the competing and more famous cyber firm NSO Group. Predator is similar to Pegasus in terms of its capabilities, but differs in the way it infects a device: It requires the victim to click on a link, while some versions of Pegasus do not.

Cytrox is owned by a firm called Intellexa which, though currently based in Greece, is run by a former Israeli military intelligence official Tal Dilian. Though the firm is registered abroad, sources say many of its workers are Israelis and the company may even have staff in Israel. Until recently, the Intellexa was based in Cyprus.signs of an attempted infection

16.03.2021 - 01:10 [ Daily Sabah ]

Turkey issues diplomatic note to Greece, Israel and EU over East Med

The Foreign Ministry protested the recent agreement reached between Israel, Greece and Greek Cyprus advancing plans to build a 2,000-megawatt undersea electricity cable connecting the three.

15.09.2020 - 18:56 [ KNEWS ]

NATO to host Greek-Turkish meeting in Brussels

Representatives from Greece and Turkey are due to meet at NATO headquarters on Tuesday for technical military talks in a bid to de-escalating tension

11.09.2020 - 10:26 [ Frannce24 ]

Mediterranean leaders ready for EU sanctions on ‘confrontational’ Turkey

After talks with the leaders of Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Cyprus in the resort of Porticcio outside the local capital Ajaccio, Macron adopted a slightly milder tone, saying the leaders wanted to reengage in a dialogue with Turkey „in good faith“.

04.09.2020 - 02:39 [ Oilprice.com ]

Cyprus Makes A Major Bet On LNG

The assignment has been given to a multinational consortium led by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPEC). The floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) includes onshore pipelines and additional facilities will be built at Vassiliko Port. The FSRU will have 125,000 m3 of storage capacity while being capable of unloading LNG carriers ranging from 120,000 m3 to 217,000 m3. The project’s value is €500 million and is co-financed by a 40 percent grant from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which is scheduled for completion in 2021.

22.07.2020 - 04:28 [ CyprusMail ]

Chevron’s Noble acquisition to boost Cyprus Aphrodite gas field

“Much of Noble’s upstream value comes from its positions in Israel and Cyprus,” writes Jean-Baptiste Bouzard, an industry analyst with WoodMac. Bouzard thinks that the acquisition will boost development plans for Noble’s Aphrodite discovery, offshore Cyprus, as well as ramping up production from its flagship assets in Israel, Tamar and Leviathan.”

22.06.2020 - 21:50 [ Middle East Eye ]

Palestinian Authority ‚ready to sign maritime exclusive economic zone deal with Turkey‘

However, because of the concave shape of the eastern Mediterranean, there is an overlap between the areas that each country can claim, requiring negotiations and compromise – and opportunity, some say, for leverage in ongoing conflicts.

12.02.2020 - 02:08 [ Greek Reporter ]

Italian Navy Frigate Conducts Military Exercises With Cyprus off Larnaca

According to a press release issued by the Italian Embassy in Nicosia, the frigate is conducting patrolling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, for presence and surveillance activities, in compliance with international law and to safeguard national interests.

29.01.2020 - 00:40 [ Kathimerini ]

Charles De Gaulle to dock in Limassol

Dumont noted that France also has its eyes set on joining the East Med Gas Forum, a platform for East Mediterranean natural gas cooperation, which was formally established as an international organization earlier this month when a memorandum of understanding was signed in Cairo by Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine.

22.01.2020 - 03:12 [ CyprusMail ]

UK deplores Turkish drilling in the waters around Cyprus

“The UK has been clear from the start that we deplore Turkish drilling in the waters around Cyprus. We continue to call for de-escalation. The UK has consistently stated our support for the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign right to exploit the oil and gas in its internationally agreed Exclusive Economic Zone,” the British High Commission spokesperson said.

17.01.2020 - 23:27 [ CyprusMail ]

Turkey announces new drilling, dismisses East Med Gas Forum initiative (Updated)

In a written statement, the Turkish foreign ministry’s spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Thursday the East Med Gas Forum was in fact “an unrealistic initiative launched by some countries with political motives, under illusions of excluding Turkey from energy equation in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

17.01.2020 - 13:07 [ Ekathimerini.com ]

Greek PM calls Merkel over Libya talks snub

He also revealed he has sent letters outlining Greece’s positions to his European Union counterparts, and European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

17.01.2020 - 13:05 [ Ekathimerini.com ]

Greek PM threatens veto over Libya as Haftar visits Athens

Meanwhile, Libya’s Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern Libyan forces, arrived in Athens on Thursday night and held an informal meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias ahead of their official talks on Friday. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Parliament.

11.01.2020 - 18:41 [ Cyprus News Agency ]

Foreign Affairs Minister pays official visit to Greece

Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides pays an official visit to Greece, on Monday, during which he is expected to sign with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations and Technical Cooperation and will be received by Greece`s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

09.01.2020 - 18:29 [ Kathimerini Cyprus ]

Cyprus ready to accommodate US army unit in emergency

State-funded broadcaster RIK News aired Thursday morning video footage of a C130 airplane and 5 or 6 Chinook helicopters over Paphos, saying the aircraft landed and were on stand-by at Andreas Papandreou AFB, an active air base adjacent to Paphos International Airport.

05.01.2020 - 18:51 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Accidentally Calls Israel a ‚Nuclear Power‘

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accidently referred to Israel as a „nuclear power“ during a cabinet meeting Sunday, immediately correcting himself to „energy power.“

Speaking about a trilateral summit in Athens over the weekend, where Israel signed a deal with Greece and Cyprus for the construction of the EastMed natural gas pipeline to Europe.

02.01.2020 - 02:47 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu to Depart to Athens to Sign Gas Pipeline Deal With Greece and Cyprus

Accompanying Netanyahu to Athens will be Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz. The two will meet with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Netanyahu will also meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

26.12.2019 - 01:00 [ Reuters ]

Turkey-Libya maritime deal rattles East Mediterranean

Egypt and Israel, which have invested heavily in energy exploration in the region, are alarmed by the Turkey-Libya move, which may threaten their ability to export gas to Europe. Egypt has called it “illegal and not binding”, while Israel has said it could “jeopardize peace and stability in the area”.

15.12.2019 - 13:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Turkey renews military pledge to Libya as threat of Mediterranean war grows

Ankara ready to defend government in Tripoli in latest policy to inflame tensions with US, EU, Greece and Middle East countries

15.12.2019 - 01:17 [ Xinhuanet ]

Spotlight: Active military involvement in Libya serves no Turkish interest: analysts

A senior navy officer from the Tobruk-based rival forces reportedly said he was ordered by Haftar to sink any approaching Turkish research vessels.

Haftar, who failed to capture Tripoli in a major attack earlier this year, announced late Thursday that the „decisive battle“ to seize Tripoli began.

15.12.2019 - 01:03 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Turkish lawmakers to ratify Libya military coop deal

The earlier memorandum on maritime boundaries asserted Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8.

15.12.2019 - 00:53 [ The Times of Israel ]

Turkish ships said to force Israeli research vessel out of Cypriot waters

According to TV report, Turkish navy intercepts Israeli boat, orders it to leave; Turkey’s recent maritime deal with Libya has fueled regional tensions over drilling rights

14.12.2019 - 02:35 [ Reuters ]

Turkish drones escorting drill ships to fly from Turkish Cypriot airport: report

The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet has designated an airport on the disputed island as a base for Turkish drones escorting ships seeking hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, a news agency said, a move likely to increase tension with the European Union.

01.12.2019 - 15:46 [ Libyan Express ]

Erdoğan: Agreement with Libya’s GNA to go through Parliament for endorsement

The Turkish president further said that the agreement with Libya’s internationally recognised government will have to go through the Turkish parliament and then it will be put into effect.

13.10.2019 - 00:29 [ Cyprus Mail ]

French frigate in Cyprus’ EEZ, naval exercise underway (Update 2)

“I am not suggesting that we should go to war […]. I am just saying that Europe must show somehow that it cannot tolerate this behavior, that there are certain red lines. The frigates, sent by France and Italy to block 7, is a first step. We must wait and see what kind of deterrence this move will have,” he said.

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said on Thursday his company would not drill off Cyprus if it meant having to deal with warships.

13.10.2019 - 00:16 [ France24 ]

France joins Cyprus for naval manoeuvres amid Turkey gas dispute

Eni and Total together are licensed to carry out exploratory drilling in seven of Cyprus‘ 13 blocks that make up its exclusive economic zone. Eni said it expects the work to begin in the first half of next year.

07.10.2019 - 23:48 [ Antiwar.com ]

US and Greece Sign New Defense Pact

The US military is expected to expand the Sixth Fleet’s base on the Greek island of Crete and also build new drone bases in central Greece.

04.10.2019 - 18:15 [ Reuters ]

Tensions grow as Cyprus says Turkish drilling ship violates its rights

Turkey says some of the areas where Cyprus is exploring are either on its own continental shelf or in zones where Turkish Cypriots have equal rights over any finds with Greek Cypriots.

25.09.2019 - 17:26 [ Greek Reporter ]

Cypriot, Turkish Foreign Ministers Clash in Public Over Reunification Talks (video)

Earlier that day, Christodoulides had met with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias so that they could brief each other on developments on the Cyprus problem and coordinate their efforts ahead of crucial meetings they will both hold later this week.

10.09.2019 - 19:37 [ Daily Sabah ]

The geopolitics of natural gas resources in East Mediterranean

Currently, major energy companies around the world, such as ExxonMobil America, Nobel, Shell France, Annie Italy, Qatar Petroleum, South Korea’s Kogas, Israel Delta, etc., are active in the region. Meanwhile, U.S., Russian and other naval vessels are also present in the region.

The presence of numerous naval vessels cannot be solely due to the Mediterranean’s energy resources. In this geographical area, it seems that the balance of power is as important as the energy resources of the great powers, and on this basis, this region has become a new stage of competition for those powers.

22.08.2019 - 03:18 [ The National Herald ]

Cyprus Happy for Futile US Support for Energy Drilling

The US said Turkey’s Yavuz drillship should cease its activities off Cyprus’ northeastern coast and leave the EEZ but was ignored again, as it has been repeatedly with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defying the international community and getting away with it so far.

20.08.2019 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

Mysterious Israeli Businessman Behind Mega-deal to Supply Spy Planes to UAE

The fact that there are no diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries has not prevented the shared interests of the countries in the region to forge an extensive unofficial relationship, including in business, military and political spheres. In the case of Israel and the Gulf states, one main shared interest is their mutual enemy: Iran.

20.08.2019 - 18:18 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel businessman behind UAE spy plane deal

However, as Haaretz points out, “it is interesting to discover that Israel’s name is totally absent from the hundreds of thousands of words describing the transaction in detail. The only mention of the country is in one document originating in Switzerland that describes the structure of AGT. It mentions in German that Kochavi is an Israeli citizen.”

The Israeli daily also notes that this deal is not Kochavi’s first project on behalf of the UAE, pointing to the installation of thousands of cameras, sensors and license-plate readers in Abu Dhabi in a bid to turn the capital into a “smart city”.

20.08.2019 - 17:59 [ thejc.com ]

UK commanders join Israel’s largest-ever naval exercise

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The exercise included ten navies, mainly from Nato. In addition to Israeli missile-boats, there were ships from the United States, Greece and France. Britain’s Royal Navy — along with representatives of Canada, Germany, Italy, Cyprus and Chile — was involved at a headquarters level, with observers and experts taking part in the planning of missions.

13.07.2019 - 18:34 [ eKathimerini ]

Turkish Cypriots propose cooperation over Cyprus gas, Turkey says

Akinci “presented a new comprehensive cooperation proposal prepared by the Turkish Cypriot side for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources around the island of Cyprus to the Greek Cypriot side through the United Nations,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The proposal said that Turkish and Greek Cypriots “are equal partners on the island, have equal rights, so should share the income and cooperate in the area of hydrocarbon resources and benefit from these resources simultaneously,” the ministry said.

03.05.2019 - 22:37 [ Trend.az ]

Cyprus president fires police chief over serial killer investigations

A day earlier, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou stepped down. He said his resignation was not an assumption of blame, but that there were “apparent shortcomings” in how police, which come under his ministry’s supervision, had investigated the reports of the women’s disappearances. Police say they will conduct an investigation into any perceived shortcomings.

British police are also assisting inquiries.

08.04.2019 - 02:42 [ Jersey Evening Post ]

Stealth fighter jets set for first overseas deployment later this year

The home base of the F-35s is RAF Marham in Norfolk and they will be deployed to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus…

The UK currently owns 17 of the multimillion-pound aircraft, and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson pledged that a total of 138 will be bought.

03.02.2019 - 01:13 [ Elif Erşen / Daily Sabah ]

Conflict-ridden Eastern Mediterranean: Syrian war, disputed waters hinder solutions for hydrocarbon resources

In the last few years hopes for the commercialization of hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean have dimmed as diplomatic and military tensions rise in the region along side the unending Syrian war

18.01.2019 - 23:05 [ eKathimerini ]

Eastern Mediterranean countries to form regional gas market

The others involved are Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinians. Other Eastern Mediterranean countries and transitory countries may join the forum later, the ministry said in a statement.

18.01.2019 - 22:53 [ The Republic ]

Cyprus: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that there are 122 trillion cubic feet of gas in the east Mediterranean, with just over a quarter of that amount discovered in waters of Egypt, Israel and Cyprus. Offshore exploratory drilling continues along with talks on how to deliver that gas to European markets and beyond, either through onshore gas processing facilities or via pipelines.

18.01.2019 - 22:30 [ CyprusMail Online ]

P&O Ferries to register entire English Channel fleet under Cyprus flag

On the question why the company chose the Cyprus flag in particular, he added: “The Cyprus flag is on the `white list` of both the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding, resulting in fewer inspections and delays, and will result in significantly more favourable tonnage tax arrangements as the ships will be flagged in an EU member state.

19.12.2018 - 16:04 [ Cyprus News Agency ]

Jordan, Cyprus and Greece determined to further their trilateral cooperation, Ambassador El-Fayez tells CNA

Jordan, Cyprus and Greece are determined to implement the goals of their trilateral cooperation in all fields, having as their main objective peace, prosperity and security for the region, says Mohamad Sharari El-Bakhit El-Fayez, the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Cyprus.

19.12.2018 - 15:41 [ eKathimerini ]

Cyprus and UK sign new pension protocol

As he said, the first such agreement was signed in 1974, it was revised in 1980 and again in early 2018. He also noted that there was a large Cypriot community in the UK and an equally large community of citizens of the United Kingdom in Cyprus.

12.12.2018 - 02:43 [ Cyprus News Agency ]

Parties in Cyprus should engage with Lute in a creative and constructive manner, Spehar says

The parties in Cyprus should engage with the UN Secretary General`s envoy Jane Holl Lute in a creative and constructive manner, recognizing that the outcome will be critical in determining the future of the Cyprus negotiations, the UNSG`s Deputy Special Adviser and Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar said on Tuesday evening just a few days before Lute`s arrival to Cyprus, to meet with Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci.

11.12.2018 - 04:31 [ Daily Sabah ]

Second drillship expected to arrive in Mediterranean by end of January

After gas discoveries sped up in the region over the last decade, the regional countries have concluded bilateral maritime border demarcation agreements with the Greek Cypriot administration. For example, in 2010, Israel hammered out an accord demarcating maritime borders with Cyprus. The deal had naval security implications and set an official separation of hydrocarbon reserves claimed by Israel and Greek Cypriots who had already done the same with Egypt and Lebanon in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

11.12.2018 - 03:56 [ Cyprus Mail ]

Cyprus hosted secret US helicopter base for four years, ‘no comment’ says govt

The Cyprus base was established a year after the Libya Benghazi attack in which four Americans and the ambassador at the time were killed by a mob, which later prompted criticism of the Obama administration for the fact no one could get to them on time.

26.11.2018 - 00:59 [ Xinhuanet ]

Cyprus, Israel, Greece, Italy close to East Med pipe line deal: report

Four Mediterranean countries, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Israel are close to an agreement to construct the world’s longest undersea pipeline to transfer natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean energy fields to Europe, a Cypriot government source was quoted as saying on Sunday.

10.11.2018 - 19:31 [ U.S. Department of State ]

Assistant Secretary Fannon Travel to Israel, Cyprus, and Egypt

Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon will travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Nicosia, and Cairo from November 11 to 20, 2018. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Fannon will be meeting with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss energy security and regional cooperation on energy issues.

10.11.2018 - 19:23 [ CyprusMail Online ]

US energy official to tour East Med

US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon will travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Nicosia, and Cairo starting Monday, November 11 to 20, the State Department announced on Friday.

During his trip, Fannon will be meeting with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss energy security and regional cooperation on energy issues.

09.11.2018 - 06:03 [ Kathimerini ]

Christodoulides meets US National Security Advisor John Bolton

Earlier on Wednesday, Christodoulides visited the American Hellenic Institute and met with its President, Nick Larigakis, and also met with the leadership of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Diplomatic sources said it has been agreed that President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades be the keynote speaker at the AIPAC Congress in Washington, in March.

30.06.2018 - 10:47 [ ABC News ]

Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties

(22.6.2018) Cypriot Minister Savvas Angelides and his Israeli and Greek counterparts Avigdor Lieberman and Panos Kammenos said they also seek to expand cooperation on cybersecurity, joint military drills and search and rescue operations in the eastern Mediterranean.

28.05.2018 - 01:26 [ The Guardian ]

Cyprus to step up security checks in cash-for-citizenship scheme

Cyprus has sought to curb criticism of its golden visa scheme, saying it will tighten vetting procedures for investors determined to acquire European citizenship.

With disapproval of the controversial cash-for-citizenship programme on the rise, the island announced that security checks would be stepped up. Under the renamed “Cypriot investment scheme” the number of passports granted would be capped at 700.

16.04.2018 - 05:10 [ Press TV ]

Protesters demand closure of UK airbase in Cyprus

Protest leader Akis Poullos told the Associated Press that demonstrators are demanding the closure of RAF Akrotiri, from where four British Tornado warplanes took off to take part in Friday night’s missile strike.

Poullos said Sunday’s demonstration also wanted to send the message to the Cyprus government not to lend any assistance to „imperialist attacks“ on Syria and to demand an end to the war in the country.