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Cyprus said success drilling in deep waters off the eastern Mediterranean island this year may offer Europe a way to loosen Russia's grip on its energy supplies.Cyprus, which has proven reserves of as much as 6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, is looking to find another 4 trillion to 5 trillion cubic feet, Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said. Cyprus is negotiating the terms and conditions for operating an LNG plant with Noble and will make a final investment decision by 2016-17, he said.Since 1974, when Turkey invaded the island, the country has been divided into the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus in the south and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
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