Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiadas are expected to seek the support of European Union leaders, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the EU’s informal summit in Romania on Turkey’s plans to explore the Hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean in the exclusive economic zone of the island.
Kathermini, Athen’s daily stated that fears in Athens and Nicosia increased on Wednesday after Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Zhaoshoglu announced that after the arrival of the Fatih ship for drilling off the western coast of Cyprus, one would be sent to the area “to begin drilling“.
Ankara claims that it protects the interests of Turkey and the Turkish Cyprus, that its movements are dictated by international law, seismic research in the area has been completed and Turkey will begin excavation work soon.
Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis and his Cyprus counterpart Savas Angelides and Anastasiadas discussed the situation on Wednesday, besides operational coordination between Greek and Cyprus armed forces.
Angelides stressed that Cyprus will not be drawn into a crisis, stressing that the main objective is to persuade the European Union to take collective action to deal with the “invasion” of Turkish drilling vessels in Cyprus waters.
At the same time, Russian Ambassador to Athens Andrey Maslov stressed Moscow’s concern over the escalation of tension in the eastern Mediterranean.
“We believe that any economic activity must comply with international law“, Maslov said