Biden Briefs Anastasiades On Turkey

US Vice President Joe Biden told Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades that he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey can't keep ships off Cyprus.

US Vice President Joe Biden told Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades that he raised with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the issue of Turkish ships in Cypriot waters.

Biden met with Erdogan in Turkey and the Cypriot government said the US Vice President told Erdogan that reunification talks can’t be resumed “without an end to Turkey’s illegal actions.”

Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that Biden briefed Anastasiades on his efforts to ease the tension in the eastern Mediterranean in the wake of a Turkish research vessel and a warship entering Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone where the government had already given licenses to international companies to drill for oil ans gas.