Ankaras aspirations regarding oil and gas discovered off the coast of Cyprus will not be hindered by newly imposed EU sanctions, it has vowed. Turkey claims it has a right to explore resources laying off Turkish-Cypriot lands.
European ministers on Monday agreed to reduce financial support for Ankara, suspended negotiations on an agreement on air transport and decided not to hold any high-level meetings with Turkey until it stops violating what the EU sees as the sovereign rights of Cyprus. The ministers also warned they could impose further sanctions, this time against companies and individuals involved in drilling, DPA news agency has reported.
“Turkeys provocation is unacceptable for all of us,” German Minister of European Affairs Michael Roth said, emphasizing that the EU is on the side of Cyprus.
In response, Ankara argued it was protecting the rights of Turkish Cypriots over natural resources discovered off lands that it considers to be Turkeys. It blasted the EUs failure to mention Turkish Cypriots in its decisions, which “showed how biased and partisan the EU is on the subject of Cyprus.”
“The [EU] decisions will not affect in the slightest our countrys determination to continue hydrocarbon activities in the Eastern Mediterranean,” the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said that Ankara plans to send a fourth ship to the disputed waters in Read More – Source