Greek foreign minister warns Turkey over breach of Cyprus EEZ

Greece has warned Turkey that its continued violation of Cyprus’s sovereign rights could jeopardize the nation’s EU membership ambitions.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Monday, Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos asked his counterparts to understand the need for Turkey to “desist from the violation of international law on the ground.”

“I would like to hope that Turkey is receiving the messages and understands that if its aspiration is the European perspective and a regional role… it cannot start from the flouting of international law,” Venizelos said.

Turkish survey vessel Barbaros has been sailing in the waters of Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone since October 20, and was spotted in blocks 2 and 9 on Monday.