Greece and Cyprus will make efforts for sanctions against Turkey, Greek Minister of Defence says

Greek Minister of National Defence Evangelos Apostolakis has said that Greece and Cyprus coordinate their diplomatic actions in order to stop Turkey’s illegal actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Apostolakis noted that if Turkey continues to display a provocative stance, Greece and Cyprus will make joint efforts for the implementation of sanctions against Turkey, in the context of the forthcoming EU Summit.

It is not easy, but we will make this effort to convince Europe to adopt this direction, the Greek Minister of National Defence said.

In an interview with the Greek TV channel ANT1, Apostolakis also highlighted the importance of the international support expressed by the European Union and the USA towards the Republic of Cyprus, which was the result of Greece’s and Cyprus’ coordinated action, as he said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Last month Turkey issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. Drillship Fatih is located almost 40 nautical miles west of the Akamas peninsula and 83 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. The area falls within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency