Turkey deploys first armed drone to northern Cyprus

Tension in western Mediterranean after Ankara-Tripoli agreement

16 December, 15:59

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 16 - Turkey on Monday morning sent its first armed drone to northern Cyprus, in the part under its control on the divided island, where the Turkish army has been deployed since 1974.

    It is a drone model Bayraktar TB2, which left the base of Dalaman, on the Aegean coast of Turkey, and landed this morning at the airport of Geciktale, in the area of Famagusta (Magusa in Turkish), east of the island, after Turkish-Cypriot authorities signed on Friday the authorization.

    Ankara's move came during a period of heightened tension with Nicosia and other countries in the western Mediterranean area, in particular over a dispute on the exploitation of offshore energy resources. The dispute has worsened after an agreement signed at the end of November by Ankara and Tripoli over their respective maritime borders. According to Greece and Cyprus, supported by the EU and the majority of the international community, the agreement is illegitimate. (ANSAmed)
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