Early on Thursday morning, Turkish research vessel Barbaros illegally entered Block 2 of the Republic of Cyprus’ EEZ. This is Turkey’s seventh illegal drilling attempt in Cypriot waters.
The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has repeatedly invited Turkey to bilaterally negotiate the delimitation of their common maritime boundary. However, Turkey refuses to negotiate or take the issue to International Tribunal. Instead, President Erdogan uses gunboat diplomacy and piracy to assert Turkey’s influence in the Eastern Mediterranean.
President Anastasiades recently met with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to coordinate their actions in response to Turkey’s illegal actions. On Friday,¬†Cypriot Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, discussed the issue with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.