Sources of the Pentagon stated “There is speculation that there may be an incident, military activity by the Turkish forces when they start mining.” The defense ministry also added that the Turks have done this in the past by sending out research ship Barbara.
However, Cyprus said that there is no cause for concern, as the Armed Forces are fully ready. “Some so-called ‘episodes’ — air or sea space violations — are staged and have never happened. We are assertive in our responses and take the necessary actions and steps, only to the facts. The good thing is that the NATO forces are sailing in the Mediterranean to deal with refugee flows following the Turkish provocation. Turkish aircraft fly over the ships of NATO. The commanders of the European forces submit a daily report documenting Turkish activity in detail,” stressed sources from the Ministry of Defense.