Greek Defense Minister says Turkey’s Drilling Tests EU’s Credibility (Video)

Greece's national Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, left, and his Cyprus counterpart Savvas Angelides talk to the media during a press conference after their meeting at the defense ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, July 19, 2019. Panagiotopoulos says Turkey's illegal gas drilling off Cyprus is testing the European Union's credibility at deterrence and its ability to safeguard its members' common energy interests in the eastern Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Greece’s new defense minister says Turkey’s illegal gas drilling off Cyprus is testing the European Union’s credibility as a guardian of its members’ energy interests in the Mediterranean.

Nikos Panagiotopoulos said after talks with the defense minister of Cyprus on Friday that Greece is monitoring Turkey’s activity in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights with “great concern.”

Επίσημη επίσκεψη ΥΕΘΑ Νίκου Παναγιωτόπουλου στην Κύπρο

Στιγμιότυπα από την επίσημη επίσκεψη του Υπουργού Εθνικής Άμυνας Νίκου Παναγιωτόπουλου στην Κύπρο

Posted by Υπουργείο Εθνικής Άμυνας on Friday, July 19, 2019

He said the Turkish government’s “expanding provocative and unlawful behavior” in the island nation’s territory leaves “no room for complacency.”

A Turkish vessel is drilling west of Cyprus and another is poised to start east of the island, which is ethnically divided between Greeks and Turks.

The Turkish government says it’s acting to preserve its own energy reserve rights and those of Turkish Cypriots.

The European Union imposed sanctions on Turkey this week.

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  1. Really, …you have to question the credibility of the EU….whose interests seem to be …not Greece or Cyrpus ..but in representing the interests of the US, UK to overthrow the elected leaders of Iran, Venezuela, Syria etc etc.

    Mr. stooge foreign minister ,apparently did not question the credibility of the EU.in joining with Mistotakis to illegally breaking international laws to meddle in the affairs of the people of Venezuela by demanding the removal of their elected President and get this choosing who their new president would be!

    You then did not question the credibility of the EU to then declare economic warfare by supporting what UN inspectors call war crimes against humanity in starving the people of Venezuela by imposing economic sanctions, oil embargoes of Venezuela Oil and gas, and trying to disrupt Venezuela , like he EU did in the Ukraine!

    You question the credibility of the EU and Greece,when EU brexit colonialist and white supremacist fascist England seized an Iranian oil tanker in international waters on alleged orders by the EU.because, maybe you did not know..they have imposed an Economic embargo on the people of Syria, including oil and gas energy they need to liv, they are fighting EU terrorist armies still occupying their own oil fieids.!

    That right Mr. Greek Traitors, the beneficiaries of this embargo are U.S and EU terrorists!

    Corrupt Greek and EUmembers have no credibility and are mobsters in power!,

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