Turkey’s finance minister (and son-in-law of President Erdogan) Berat Albayrak recently announced that they would be sending a drill ship to an area belonging to Cyprus. The purpose which is to gain access to the natural gas resources in the area, comes across as exploitive.
This time is far more dangerous, however, because there are signs Turkey might be ready to escalate its confrontation beyond mere rhetoric. Albayrak’s announcement came a day before Turkey held Sea Wolf, its largest annual naval exercise in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. Then, on May 15, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated the country’s intention to buy the S-400 missile system from Russia. And throughout this period, Turkish jets have been violating Greek airspace almost daily.