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Congress advances bill sidelining Turkey on Mediterranean gas dispute

The Senate advanced a bill rebuking Turkish attempts to drill for gas near Cyprus.
Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz sets sail in Izmit Bay, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, off the port of Dilovasi, Turkey, June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RC17D18454C0
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The Senate advanced a bill today that could sideline Turkey in its maritime gas dispute with Cyprus, marking another point of contention in the increasingly fraught US-Turkish alliance.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to advance the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Partnership Act mere days after Ankara dispatched a second drill ship off the Cypriot coast.

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