Cyprus accuses Turkey of expanding “illegal drilling” in eastern Med
September 17, 2020 - European Union leaders are preparing to discuss a course of action for de-escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, as Turkey said it would extend its search for oil and gas in disputed waters off Cyprus.
European Council chief Charles Michel pledged Wednesday that the bloc will defend the rights of member state Cyprus in its standoff with Turkey over maritime and energy rights.
Michel’s visit to the island came a day after Turkey said its Yavuz drillship would continue its search for oil and gas off Cyprus until October 12, in a move that could stir tension between the island’s Greek Cypriot government and Ankara.
EU leaders are due to meet on September 24-25 for a special summit to consider possible action against Turkey, with all options said to be on the table.