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Full of Gas, Full of Problems: The Eastern Mediterranean’s Hydrocarbon Showdown

Full of Gas, Full of Problems: The Eastern Mediterranean’s Hydrocarbon Showdown

By Zenonas Tziarras & Gabriel Mitchell

In October of last year, Russia, Israel and Cyprus conducted a joint naval exercise in waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Though scheduled well in advance, the timing of the drill could not have been more opportune for Cyprus; the Barbaros, a Turkish seismic vessel dispatched by Ankara in order to survey the sea floor for hydrocarbons, had just entered the bitterly contested Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between the two countries.