The European Union will suspend various trade negotiations with Ankara and freeze Turkey’s financing for the next year due to the illegal exploration of gas fields in the waters of Cyprus. This is with reference to the draft official statement reports FreeNews.
This decision can still be reviewed and discussed in Brussels. “In light of the fact that Turkey continues illegal drilling, the EU suspends negotiations on a transport agreement with the country and agrees not to conduct any more meetings at the highest level,” — said in the draft.
It also notes that if the Turkish authorities continue drilling, the European countries are ready to impose more stringent restrictive measures against them.
The European diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed concerns about the statement in an interview. “We should not touch anyone here, except people directly involved in illegal actions. We act cautiously because we need cooperation with Turkey on migration, NATO and terrorism.”
He also noted that some countries of the block depend on Turkey in energy issues, so we should not expect large-scale economic sanctions.
The island of Cyprus is divided into two States. One of them is a member of the European Union, the other, the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is a formally independent state recognized only by Ankara. It was formed after Turkey sent its troops to the island in 1974, which occupied about a third of its territory. The vast majority of the population are Turkish Cypriots.