EU Foreign Affairs Council to meet to discuss Turkey and Belarus
The EU considers Turkish drilling in the Mediterranean illegal and has already created a framework of sanctions to directly target persons and entities involved in oil drilling in Cypriot territorial waters.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has called an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting Friday afternoon.
"I will call an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting this Friday afternoon," Borell said in a statement on his Twitter account.
“We will discuss urgent issues and address the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Belarus Presidential elections, as well as developments in Lebanon,” he added.
On Tuesday, Greece had called for an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU member states. Athens believes that Ankara is violating its sovereign rights by sending a new ship to the eastern Mediterranean, in Greek waters according to Athens, to search for oil deposits.
Turkish drilling in the Mediterranean, particularly off the coast of Cyprus, has for months now been increasing tensions. The EU considers them illegal and has already created a framework of sanctions to directly target persons and entities involved in oil drilling in Cypriot territorial waters.