EU vs Turkey: Escalating Dispute Over Ankara’s Fossil Fuel Extraction In Region

Jean-Claude Juncker Vows ‘Not Soft’ Measures On Turkey’s ‘Unacceptable’ Actions Near Cyprus Turkey has reportedly sent a second ship to drill in waters near Cyprus amid an escalating dispute with the European Union over Ankara’s fossil fuel extraction activities in the region. The situation is aggravated by the island’s disputed status and the issue of ownership of its natural resources. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Ankara on Thursday that it could expect a tough response. “We are in full solidarity with Cyprus. What Turkey is doing in the territorial waters of Cyprus is totally unacceptable […] The commission has been charged to propose measures to be taken as soon as possible when it comes to this conflict and we’ll do so, and these will not be soft measures”, Juncker told reporters after the summit in Brussels. Earlier this week, the Council of the European Union called upon Turkey to respect the rights of Cyprus in connection with Ankara’s maritime drilling and instructed the European Commission and other bodies to immediately submit response options. I do not know if it is a good idea…
To set a thief to catch a thief…
“Yavuz will be drilling Karpaz-1 well off Karpas peninsula starting from early July”#Cyprus#EastMed#natgaspic.twitter.com/j14ff9z6Qo

— Hüseyin Harmani (@avis_liberum) 20 июня 2019 г.

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci reacted by saying that the economic bloc had no right to define boundaries in the Mediterranean region. The first gas deposits were discovered off the coast of Cyprus in 2011 and since then have become a hot issue. Oil and gas exploration off the coast of Cyprus has long been the subject of conflicting jurisdiction claims by Ankara, which backs the independence movement of the Turkish Cypriots in the north of Cyprus, and the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, governed by the Greek Cypriot community. Each side believes that exploration for and extraction of natural resources in this area is their inherent right. In early May, Ankara sent its first drilling vessel, the Fatih, to the region.

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