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  • ISRAEL/LEBANON: Israel and Lebanon resumed US-mediated talks over their disputed Mediterranean Sea border.  The meetings follow a series of deals under which the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan agreed to establish full relations with Israel. The talks between Israel and Lebanon aim to kick-start hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

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  • After the peace agreement signed recently, Israel will propose that the UAE help promote the construction of a land pipeline between Saudi Arabia and Israel for oil and distillates for shipping from the Mediterranean coast onto Europe and North America using the existing infrastructure of the EAPC pipeline. Such plan would be cheaper and safer by bypassing the dangerous and costly Straits of Hormuz and Suez Canal shipping routes.

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EUROPE:

  • Turkey has announced that Russia will hold live-fire naval exercises in the eastern Mediterranean, amid escalating tensions between Turkey and its coastal neighbors Greece and Cyprus over rights to search for energy resources in the region. The move could clearly be a message from Moscow that it remains a major regional player whose influence won’t be diminished by Washington.

SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST

 

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PERSPECTIVES AND TRENDS:

AUGUST 2020:

The August news on geopolitics analyzed by GGN revealed three main trends:

  • Actions to contain China’s expansion in strategic geopolitical areas of Asia Pacific and South Asia were increased.
  • Tension grew between the countries that have geopolitical interests in the Mediterranean.
  • More tension in the Middle East, after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement that could modify the balance of power of the region.

Regarding the actions taken during August to contain China’s expansion in Asia Pacific and South Asia, are mentioned:  1) The Five Eyes alliance –US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand– plan to include Japan as a member. 2) India and Japan plan to sign an important military logistics agreement. 3) India and Vietnam agreement to strengthen their strategic partnership. 4) India´s project to support infrastructures plans in Maldives (Maldives has become a focal point for India and China, particularly in the wake of China’s Belt and Road Initiative). 5) Moreover, US sent in August a high level official mission to Taiwan to show them it´s effectively recognition as a sovereign nation.

The results of these countries efforts to contain China are yet to be known.

As for the Mediterranean region, tension grows after various maneuvers carried out by Turkey with the intention of exploiting natural gas in the region. Turkey conducted in August exercises with a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Eastern Mediterranean. In response, Greece launched military exercises jointly with France, Italy and Cyprus in the same zone.

Turkey is planning to create a three-seas link (the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea, named Turkish Silk Road), that could be supported by India, the European Union, and the United States, with anti-Chinese connotations, adding more tension in the region.

Regarding the Middle East, the new deal may radicalize the opposition between the Gulf-Egypt-Israel axis and Iran, as well as between the same axis and Turkey and Qatar. Iran, Qatar, Turkey, and all Palestinian factions already denounced the agreement, declaring that represents a victory for Israel and its ally United States.

The situation in Middle East could get more complicated if Israel and the United States achieve more Arab countries to follow the UAE’s path, as they are already trying to do.

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Europe (Mediterranean)

EUROPE:

  • Turkey had conducted exercises with a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Eastern Mediterranean, hours after Greece began war games with France and EU allies nearby (see also GGN GEOPOLITICS Mediterranean August 2020).

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH

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EUROPE:

  • MEDITERRANEAN: Greece announced that it will conduct a navy and air force exercise in a part of the Eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas as the uneasy neighboring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights.

SOURCE: DAILYSABAH

 

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EUROPE:

  • France will boost its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean. They asked Turkey to cease oil and gas exploration in contested waters that has spurred tensions with Greece.  Meanwhile, Israel announced it stands behind Greece.

SOURCE: DW ISRAELHAYOM

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EURASIA:

  • Turkey is planning to create a three-seas link: the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea, that would create a Turkish Silk Road, that could be supported by India, the European Union, and the United States, with anti-Chinese connotations. Turkey is also planning to expand into Central Asia, what could harm China´s interests in the region.

SOURCE: ASIA TIMES

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EUROPE:

  • The Greek Armed Forces are on high alert, at a time when the eastern Mediterranean region is witnessing tension between Turkey and Greece due to oil and gas exploration (see also last geopolitical GGN news).

SOURCE: ALMASDAR

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EUROPE:

Turkey resumed exploratory drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, in an area between Greece and the island of Cyprus, while Greek officials expressed alarm over the development.

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/greece-alarmed-after-turkey-resumes-exploratory-drilling-in-eastern-mediterranean/news

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