The energy ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Israel join hands after a joint meeting in Nicosia in August (photo: dpa)

Mediterranean triple alliance puts pressure on Russia’s energy plans

Israel, Greece and Cyprus have built an Eastern Mediterranean alliance which has consequences for Turkey and Russia. One important issue is the potentially huge natural gas and oil reserves off Cyprus, which Moscow sees as a threat to its energy policy. In the first of two articles, GIS guest writer Andreas Stergiou looks at how the alliance emerged and its influence on the East-West rivalries within the energy market.

THE GEOPOLITICAL situation in the Eastern Mediterranean has become more complex since 2008 amid a series of conflicts and new alliances. Relations between Israel and Turkey were strained because of several hostile incidents between 2008 and 2012.

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Dr. Andreas Stergiou
Israel considered Cyprus highly important because of its geographical proximity and because it viewed the republic as an integral part of its ‘peripheral policy’ aimed at breaking its isolation from the Arab states
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