In this Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 file photo, a drilling platform is seen outside from Larnaca port, in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday warned Cyprus not to "overstep the mark" in the eastern Mediterranean, after Greek Cypriots accused the Turkish military of obstructing a vessel exploring for gas over the weekend. Turkey, which does not have diplomatic ties with Cyprus, says some areas of Cyprus' offshore maritime zone fall under the jurisdiction of Turkey or Turkish Cypriots, underscoring tensions in the broader eastern Mediterranean over competing claims for offshore resources.Greek Cypriots run Cyprus' internationally recognized government, while Turkish Cypriots have a breakaway state in the north – recognized only by Ankara – and say resources around the island belong to them too.The area where the Saipem 1200 drill ship was headed, Block 3 of Cyprus' economic zone, is also claimed by Turkish Cypriots.
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