UPDATED 7:10 AM PT — Monday, June 17, 2019
The EU is being urged by Greek officials to take action against Turkey amid reports Ankara has started drilling for oil near Greece. Over the weekend, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threatened Turkey with sanctions if those claims prove to be true.
A Turkish vessel has been docked just outside of Cyprus for about two months, and is said to be encroaching on Cyprus’ commercial economic zone. The Mediterranean region has been the source of conflict between the nations over access to its resources.
Tsipras said he wants to use the upcoming EU summit to push back against Turkey:
“The message we want to send today is a message of absolute security (for the Greek people), but also that whoever violates the sovereign rights of Greece, whoever violates the sovereign rights of Cyprus – which is a member state of the European Union – and whoever violates international law in the region, should know that there will be consequences.”
In the meantime, Turkey has received some support from southern EU leaders, who defended its right to drill in the Mediterranean.
Source: Greece may pursue sanctions against Turkey amid gas disputes