Turkey's President and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the party members in Istanbul, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Pool Photo via AP )
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Turkey's foreign ministry criticized Cyprus again Sunday for a "unilateral" offshore hydrocarbons search after Turkish warships prevented an Italian rig from reaching an area off the east Mediterranean island nation where it was to start exploratory drilling for gas.Turkish warships on Friday stopped a rig belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI as it headed toward an area southeast of Cyprus.It also urged foreign companies not to support the Cyprus' government's activities.Cyprus was split into an internationally-recognized Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
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