EU Cites “Grave Concern” Over Turkish Drilling Off Cyprus’ Coast

FILE - Turkish police officers patrol the dock, backdropped by the drillship 'Yavuz' scheduled to be dispatched to the Mediterranean, at the port of Dilovasi, outside Istanbul, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Stepping up the intensity of its press releases denouncing Turkey for drilling for oil and gas in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ,) the European Union said it had “grave concern,” a higher expression of worry than just “Concern,” or “Deep Concern.”

Powerless to do anything, the EU is left to utter support for Cyprus while trying to also be delicate with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan so he won’t flood Greek islands with more refugees and migrants.

Under a largely-suspended 2016 swap deal with the EU, Turkey was supposed to take back those not deemed eligible for asylum, who had gone to Greece from Turkey, where they had gone fleeing war and strife in their homelands in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

“Turkey’s declared intention to illegally conduct a new drilling operation northeast of Cyprus is of grave concern,” the EU foreign policy branch said in a statement.

“This second planned drilling operation, two months after the start of the ongoing drilling operations west of Cyprus, is a further unacceptable escalation which violates the sovereignty of Cyprus,” it added.

Greece’s former Premier and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras had said sanctions should be considered against Turkey, which has been trying to join the EU for 14 years – with the backing of Greece and Cyprus, which already is a member.

Cypriot issued international arrest warrants against the crew of a Turkish drillship operating in the island’s sovereign waters near where foreign companies, including the US energy giant ExxonMobil has been licensed and reported a major gas find.

But the arrest warrants weren’t enforced after Erdogan dared Cyprus to try to take the crew of the Turkish ship into custody, and while the EU and the US have backed the legitimate government’s right to license companies to drill that’s as far as it’s gone so far.

Likely to escalate tension even more, a second Turkish energy research vessel will begin drilling for oil and natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean within a week, Turkey’s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said on July 7, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

There are worries what Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades called an invasion of the island’s waters by Turkey could lead to a conflict. Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom, the former Colonial ruler which still has military bases there, are guarantors of security.

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  1. The leader of the European New Soviet bloc..but run by U.S white supremacist , not peasant Russian proletariat and fresh over inciting possible Nuclear war and obliteration of 81 million Iranians and who knows what other horrors for the world by failing to live up to the condition of an International agreement by its EU members…which prohibits Iran from developing uranium grade material for Nuclear weapon by now complyng with the new Terrorist threat to the world .the United States and Israel to commit crimes against peace and humanity to wage war again a country who has continued for one year to comply with all conditions of the agreement and which has been certified by the International Atomic Energy commission every month!

    Junker..should be arrested for crimes against peace…for failing to meet his obligation to end economic sanctions and warfare on not only the people of Iran, but Venezuela ..which is designed to starve the people of these countries to surrender their leaders and sovereignty to the U.S and Israel…like Syria!

    Junker..also is working hard in his economic and political terrorism beyond Greece, by exposing his terrorism of the people of Syria and breaking of international laws

    It is time for the world ..to have grave concerns about the fascism and terrorism of the EU and U.S Nato attack dogs!

    It is blatantly clear, that the EU. has joined the U.S , Nato and Israel in terrorizing the countries of Iran, Syria, libya, Yemen, Venezuela etc.

  2. Last week,.the British white supremacist colonialist broke international laws by seizing and pirating an Oil tanker of Iran allegedly going to the people of Syria,who are unable to use their own oil since, it is one of the remaining parts of Syria occupied by U.S and EU proxy Kurdish terrorist rebels and Al Queda.all acknowledged terrorist forces, and supported by war crimes bombing by israel from Lebanon air space against forces fighting them!

    The scourge of Cyprus..the EU/ Nato British, who are leaving the EU claimed that they were enforcing .and get this ..EU economic warfare and sanctions which embargo oil deliveries to the country of Syria and it people and deprives them of many important basic necessities like electricity and transportation etc etc.

    For you brain dead readers from Greece and America,.let me help you , while EU/Nato countries led by the U.S and Greece. are allegedly fighting terrorist in Syria , which we now know is a lie , they are waging economic warfare to assist the terrorist in taking over Syria!

    Therefore, Russia and China.should support the “War on Terrorism” .just bomb the hell out of these Terrorist EU countries.including Greece..who is part of the European bloc run by Merkel, Junker , and Pyatt!.

    WATCH on You tube ,Pyatt and Victoria Nuland organize the terrorist act of overthrowing the government of the Ukraine and the Ukrainian Orthodox church with the EU, and add this little secret of TNH… Greeks should run from the EU

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