EU 27 Foreign Affairs Ministers, who met on Wednesday by teleconference, expressed concern over Turkey’s activity in the Eastern Mediterranean and reiterated their full solidarity with Cyprus, according to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
Invited to say if the EU27 leaders will touch upon the issue on Thursday during the EU Summit, the High Representative stated: “I don’t think tomorrow the European Council will be discussing that, the European Council will be fully devoted to the economic answer to the coronavirus crisis”.
“On Turkey, in light of the most recent actions of Turkey related to drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean we reiterated our unwavering solidarity and support with Cyprus and Greece. And we will continue nevertheless our diplomatic engagement with Turkey, to try steer our relationship towards a cooperative and constructive approach”, Borrell stated during his introductory remarks.
In an announcement issued Monday, the Cyprus government condemned in the most unequivocal manner Turkey’s imminent attempted illegal drilling operation, by drillship Yavuz, within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus, in an area lawfully delimited by means of the 2003 EEZ Delimitation Agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the Arab Republic of Egypt, in accordance with the international law.