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Gas drilling, Navtex fuel Turkey-Cyprus tensions in East Med

ATHENS – The tensions between Greece and Turkey after an incident in the eastern Aegean appear to have been defused, but the standoff between Ankara and Nicosia continued as Turkish ships are blocking a drilling rig from reaching an area off the Cypriot coast, which has prompted Nicosia to issue a Navtex, including parts of Blocks 3 and 13 of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), for an exercise.

“I am not sure it is just a case of issuing Navtex. I believe that Turkey, emboldened by the inability of the US and Russia to stop its incursion into Afrin in Syria, is using a similar tactic in Cyprus’ EEZ,” Cyprus Natural Hydrocarbons Company CEO Charles Ellinas told New Europe on February 16, adding that Ankara appears determined to use its navy to stop drilling in areas which it claims belong to its continental shelf or have been claimed by Turkish Cypriots as part of their EEZ.

“This is despite the fact that neither claim complies with UNCLOS, accepted by the rest of the world, and neither claim is tenable,” Ellinas said.

“These are claims Turkey has launched with the UN and on this basis its position is that there is a ‘dispute’ on EEZs. Until there is a solution of the Cyprus problem, Turkey claims it is safeguarding the interests of Turkish Cypriots,” the Cyprus-based expert said.

Block 3, where ENI’s drilling rig was sailing to before it was stopped, is claimed by Turkish Cypriots to be wholly within their EEZ, Ellinas said, adding that could be another reason why the Turkish navy stopped the rig, in addition to Turkey’s declared Navtex.

Ellinas said he does not expect Turkey to intervene in the planned drilling by US energy giant ExxonMobil in Block 10 during the second half of 2018, “not just because ExxonMobil is American, but also because this block is not included in the areas claimed by Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.

Block 11 is also not included in areas claimed by Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots where French energy major Total drilled last year without any incidents.

“However, Blocks 2 and 8, where ENI may drill next, are claimed by the Turkish Cypriots. As a result, I would expect similar actions from Turkey if ENI intends to proceed with drilling in these blocks,” Ellinas said.

The Cyprus-based expert stressed that the escalation of Ankara’s actions in Cyprus’ EEZ brings a new dimension that Cyprus can only confront through diplomatic and legal means.

Turning to international reaction to the Cyprus-Turkey tensions, Ellinas said it was important that Russia made a statement that all interested parties should refrain from taking steps that could escalate tensions in the East Mediterranean, and expressed hope that all will act in accordance with international law in regards to the situation on Cyprus’ EEZ.

“The UN also issued a statement of sympathy with Cyprus, urging a solution to the Cyprus problem so that similar incidents can be avoided. Only the EU responded more strongly, but with no effect so far,” he said.

“Italy and France are using diplomatic means to defuse the situation, but I do not expect them to take stronger actions. And it is not for ENI or Total to take any action other than wait and see. This is a problem to be resolved at the state level,” he said. “It is also likely that once Turkey feels it has made its point, it may back off, provided that drilling in areas it ‘disputes’ is avoided,” Ellinas said.

With a new government in place in Nicosia, the process to resume negotiations on the Cyprus problem appears to have started, Ellinas said, adding that the new Turkish Cypriot administration also seems to be interested in renewing negotiations. “Lets hope that this newfound interest moves in the right direction,” he said stressing that a solution of the Cyprus problem lies ahead.

Defne Sadiklar-Arslan, executive director and representative of Atlantic Council Turkey, told New Europe on February 15 on the sidelines of the Athens Energy Forum 2018 that “as a responsible, big regional player, Turkey also needs to play fair,” adding “not only Turkey, but all parties; i.e. Greece and Cyprus need to be responsible players for a sound solution”.

Germany: Airbus To Pay US$ 99 million For Unexplained Payments

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    • Published: Monday, 12 February 2018 17:36

Prosecutors in Munich closed out the German branch of a multinational probe into corruption at Airbus, ordering the company to pay a settlement of around US$ 99 million, Deutsche Welle reported Friday.

Airbus A380An Airbus A380 (Photo: Dmitry A. Mottl, CC)Although the investigation revolved around allegations that Airbus paid bribes to win a $2 billion contract for supplying fighter jets to Austria, evidence actually pointed to hundreds of million of dollars of unaccountable payments elsewhere.

Britain, France and the United States are still performing their own investigations into allegations that Airbus bribed officials to win contracts in the past, according to The Economist.

The aerospace industry is a competitive one. Defense contracts with national governments are enormous cash cows for companies like Airbus and their main competitor, Boeing. Sales teams from both companies constantly work to edge one another out, securing deals to sell their older surplus inventory or newer, multi-billion dollar jets.

  1. balkansurfer
    Februar 19, 2019 um 4:40 pm

    Airbus 380 wurde eingestellt und die nächste Kathastrophe

    Airbus confident of A400M exports but says numbers may be modest
    Gareth Jennings, London – Jane’s Defence Weekly
    14 February 2019
    Having previously said it expects to sell 400 aircraft over 30 years, Airbus has downplayed its latest export assessment for the A400M noting that future sales are not likely to be in the hundreds. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

    Airbus remains confident that it can secure export customers for its A400M airlifter, but has cautioned that sales are likely to be relatively modest given the aircraft’s cost and sophistication.

    Speaking at the company’s annual press conference in Toulouse, CEO Tom Enders said that efforts continue to secure the first export customer for the type since Malaysia joined the programme in 2005, but that the aircraft’s superior capabilities and associated price-tag make it a challenging prospect compared to Airbus’ popular portfolio of smaller transport aircraft.

    “Exporting the A400M is a very different game from the smaller transports built [at the same location] in Spain. The A400M is a product of the requirements of six [partner] nations who are very sophisticated, and you just don’t find those kind of customers around every corner,” Enders said on 14 February, adding, “I am optimistic that there will be exports, but it won’t be in the hundreds [of aircraft].”

    To secure exports Airbus needs clear government support from the governments of France and the UK as the lead operators of the aircraft, Enders explained. “I believe we have a level of maturity now that makes it clear to potential export customers that we have an excellent aircraft with excellent supporting data,” he said.

    Airbus has a 174-aircraft order book that comprises 53 for Germany, 50 for France, 27 for Spain, 22 for the UK, 10 for Turkey, eight for Belgium(including one to be operated on behalf of Luxembourg), and four for Malaysia. Of these, 72 have been delivered to date.

    In March 2018 Indonesia confirmed its intention to procure two A400Ms, and the country is the Airbus’ strongest near-term prospect for a new export sale. Separately, South Korea is reported to be in talks with Spain to receive a number of its surplus aircraft.

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    • Dezember 30, 2019 um 6:49 pm

      Die US-Strategie und was uns der Gaspipeline-Krieg kostet
      von Manlio Dinucci

      Nachdem die Vereinigten Staaten dem chinesischen Unternehmen Huawei untersagt haben, sich an den Ausschreibungen für das 5G-Netz zu beteiligen, verbieten sie den Europäern nun, ihre Versorgung mit russischem Gas zu erhöhen. Während die erste Entscheidung darauf abzielte, die Kohärenz der NATO aufrechtzuerhalten, ist die zweite nicht auf die Russophobie zurückzuführen, sondern auf die „Wolfowitz-Doktrin“ von 1992, die die EU daran hindert, ein Konkurrent des „amerikanischen Imperiums“ zu werden. In beiden Fällen geht es darum, die EU zu infantilisieren und sie in einer Abhängigkeitssituation zu halten

      Eine weitere Bestätigung findet sich in der Tatsache, dass der US-Kongress nicht nur Sanktionen gegen North Stream 2, sondern auch gegen Turkish-Stream beschlossen hat, das in seiner letzten Phase der Realisierung russisches Gas über das Schwarze Meer nach Ost-Thrakien, dem kleinen europäischen Gebiet der Türkei, bringen wird. Von dort aus soll russisches Gas über eine weitere Pipeline nach Bulgarien, Serbien und andere europäische Länder geliefert werden. Dies ist der russische Gegenschlag zur US-Aktion, der es gelang, die South Stream-Pipeline 2014 zu blockieren. South Stream sollte Russland durch das Schwarze Meer mit Italien und auf dem Landweg mit Tarvisio (Udine) verbinden. Italien wäre somit zu einem Umschlagsplatz für Gas in der EU geworden, was erhebliche wirtschaftliche Vorteile mit sich gebracht hätte. Die Obama-Administration konnte das Projekt in Zusammenarbeit mit der Europäischen Union ruinieren.

      Das Unternehmen Saipem (italienische Eni-Gruppe), das erneut von den US-Sanktionen gegen North Stream 2 betroffen war, wurde von der Blockade von South Stream schwer getroffen – es verlor 2014 Aufträge im Wert von 2,4 Milliarden Euro, zu denen noch weitere Aufträge hinzugekommen wären, wenn das Projekt fortgesetzt worden wäre. Doch damals protestierte weder in Italien noch in der EU jemand gegen die Beerdigung des von den USA organisierten Projekts. Nun sind deutsche Interessen im Spiel, und in Deutschland und in der EU werden kritische Stimmen gegen die US-Sanktionen gegen North Stream 2 laut.

      Es wird nichts darüber gesagt, dass die Europäische Union dem Import von verflüssigtem Erdgas (LNG) aus den USA zugestimmt hat, einem Extrakt aus bituminösem Schiefer durch die zerstörerische Technik der hydraulischen Frakturierung (Fracking). Um Russland zu schaden, versucht Washington, seine Gasexporte in die EU zu reduzieren und die europäischen Verbraucher zu verpflichten, die Rechnung zu bezahlen. Seit Präsident Donald Trump und der Präsident der Europäischen Kommission, Jean-Claude Juncker, im Juli 2018 in Washington die Gemeinsame Erklärung vom 25. Juli: Die Europäische Union importiert verflüssigtes Erdgas (LNG) unterzeichnet hat die EU ihre LNG-Importe aus den USA verdoppelt, wobei sie die Infrastrukturen mit einem Anfangsaufwand von 656 Millionen Euro mitfinanziert hat. Dies hat die europäischen Unternehmen jedoch nicht vor den Sanktionen der USA bewahrt.

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