Cyprus working with EU to halt Turkey’s expansionism in the East Mediterranean

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday that the country is working with its European Union partners to halt Turkey’s “expansionist policy” in the eastern Mediterranean.

His comments come a day after Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country would “reciprocate” if the EU takes measures against Turkey for dispatching ships to drill for gas in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. Ankara says it is acting to protect its interests and those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the area’s energy reserves.

On Monday, Cavusoglu told EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell that Ankara expects the bloc to act as an “honest broker” with regard to energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean instead of expressing its backing for Cyprus’ rights.

“Unfortunately, we’re talking about an agitator that is seeking to dominate the entire eastern Mediterranean and place under its control a number of countries that ring the eastern Mediterranean. This is incomprehensible and unacceptable not only on the basis of international justice, but also based on customary friendly relations that neighboring countries should hold”, Anastasiades said.

News by NewEurope

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