European Union may impose sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling

European Union may impose sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling

Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar made the announcement to the reporters following a meeting with President Mustafa Akıncı on July 11, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said, citing Turkish Agency Cyprus (TAK).

"And that has led to problems with some of its major allies, such as the United States".

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU Foreign Affairs & Security Policy, in a press conference said: "The Commission and European External Action Service have this week put forward options to the Council on appropriate measures to be taken in response to Turkey's drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean".

Turkish officials say the drillships Fatih and Yavuz will drill for gas, which has prompted protests from Cyprus.

The discovery of huge gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has sparked a dispute between European Union member Cyprus and Turkey, which last month sent a second ship, the Yavuz, to search for oil and gas in the region.

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Cyprus's government said the discussed sanctions are too vague and too general, said Kathimerini, because they don't a clear reference to restrictive measures that the European Council said it would propose in June, including blacklisting people or companies involved with the Turkish drilling.

The joint European Union decision, which may still be changed, will be discussed among national envoys in Brussels on Thursday with the aim of adopting it when the bloc's foreign ministers meet on Monday.

While Cyprus wants a tougher line on Turkey, it as failed to have arrested the crew of a Turkish ship drilling in the EEZ, parts of which Turkey doesn't recognize, after issuing an global warrant.

That means Turkish Cypriots living in the breakaway north and Greek Cypriots living in the internationally recognized south can use their mobile devices on either side for the first time.

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