A message to Turkey was sent by EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini with an official announcement. The statement expressed the EU’s concern about Turkey’s intentions to drill into the Cypriot EEZ while demanding that Turkey respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus.
We express grave concern over Turkey’s announced intention to carry out drilling activities within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus. In March 2018, the European Council strongly condemned Turkey’s continued illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. In this context, we urgently call on Turkey to show restraint, respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone and refrain from any such illegal action to which the European Union will respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus./ibna