Turkey threatens Cyprus and East Med security over arms issue -analysis

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Turkey threatens Cyprus and East Med security over arms issue - analysis
Ankara's latest controversy is about Cyprus, which has worked increasingly with Israel in recent years, and with Greece.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

Turkey has threatened Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean and condemned the United States after the US decided to lift an arms embargo on Cyprus. The embargo itself and many US policies in the Middle East have been geared toward appeasing Ankara over past decades because Turkey posed as a worthwhile member of NATO and as an ally of the US.

However, the rise of the far-right AKP Party in Turkey and Ankara’s close alliance with Russia, Iran, China and other authoritarian regimes have meant that Turkey is increasingly at odds with the US and threatens US friends such as Cyprus, Israel, Greece, Armenia and other states.

Although Turkey claimed to be moving toward reconciliation in the last several years, including working to renew ties with Israel, the overall trajectory of Ankara has been one in which it continues to threaten the stability of the region and the Eastern Mediterranean. The latest controversy is about Cyprus, which has worked increasingly with Israel in recent years, and with Greece.

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