“Second Invasion”: Cyprus Slams Turkish Oil & Gas Drilling, Urges EU Action

The president of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has slammed Turkey for its “unprecedented escalation of illegal action” which constitutes a “second invasion” in the eastern Mediterranean, blaming Ankara of illegally drilling inside its exclusive economic zone. 

Cyprus has this week raised the issue in an informal European Council meeting in Sibiu, Romania, with European Council President Donald Tusk planning to make official comments on the matter. EU leaders are also set to consider Cyprus’ allegations during meetings at the end of May and in June, which Cypriots fear could merely be more European lip service on the matter. 

Prior file photo of Turkish ship inside Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), via The National Herald

Also on Thursday UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also expressed Britain is “concerned by Turkey’s announcement to begin drilling in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone,” according to Reuters. “This situation must be deescalated and all parties show restraint,” he said. “Hydrocarbons development should benefit all Cypriots and support a settlement,” the foreign secretary added. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-09/second-invasion-cyprus-slams-turkish-oil-gas-drilling-urges-eu-action

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