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Greece expects heated incident in Cyprus' waters in June

Greece is expecting a “heated incident” to occur off the coast of Cyprus in June, CNN Greek reported on Thursday, citing Defence Ministry sources from Athens. 
CNN learnt that an issue is expected to arise in June in Cyprus’ waters, during an exploration expected to be conducted by the French energy company TOTAL. 
According to information from Athens’ Defence Ministry, Greece is ready to deal with any issue that may arise. 
Sources told CNN that issues have arisen in the past when Turkey sent their research vessel ‘Barbaros’ to the area. 
The activities of the ‘Barbaros’ vessel in 2014, were the cause of a stall in Cyprus talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and then Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.  
The report also refers to interventions continuously being made in Nicosia’s airspace (FIR) by Turkish jets.  
SigmaLive has learnt that the interventions being made by Turkey in Nicosia’s FIR are being conducted on a permanent basis, and that lately they have been intensified. 
The head of the Civil Aviation Department, Nikos Nicolaou has told SigmaLive that difficulties have arisen on the issue, in the sector of security and the normal functioning of the airspace. 
He added that Cyprus has made complaints on the matter through the Foreign Ministry, and has issued notices for airmen (NOTAM). 
Nicolaou noted that currently Cyprus is at a good point and no issues of concern have arisen, and also the hope that Turkey will cooperate.