The beefing up of US naval forces in the eastern Mediterranean has been linked to Exxon Mobil’s drilling for gas in Cyprus’ economic waters planned for later this year.

On Tuesday, Russian news agency Sputnik said the presence in the eastern Med of surveyor ships contracted by Exxon Mobil coincides with the arrival of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) which entered the US 6th Fleet area of operations on February 21.

For a long time I was thinking that it is my destiny to stay alone until the end of my days.

Alexander the Great seized the island from the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians in 333 BC.#6.

Cyprus became independent from the British in 1960, on August 16.

At that time, the country was among the wealthiest of nations.#9. As per, taxi drivers in Cyprus do not give change. A quick tip to save money in Cyprus is to tender exact change to the taxi driver.#11.

Oddly, Cypriots do not like fishing and they do not fish, despite being an island nation.#12.

In Cyprus, there are some cafes that are only for men.#13. The typical Cyprus citizen likes to dine at their favorite restaurant once per week.#14. Have a close look at the map of Cyprus included below.#15.

Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean.#16. “Commandaria” is recognized as the world’s oldest named wine dating back 5000 years.#18.Depending on which part of the country a person lives, the residents are either known as “Greek Cypriots” or “Turkish Cypriots”.#22.With a very low crime rate, Cyprus is also among the safest places in the world. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean.#3.Some of the world’s oldest water wells can be found in Cyprus.#4. Love going to concerts, long country walks, picnics by the lake, love looking at the stars at night, rides down a country road as the radio blast..