Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos on Thursday expressed his strong condemnation of Turkey’s actions in Cyprus’ EEZ to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu during a meeting in Finland.
After the Helsinki meeting, held concurrent with of the 129th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Katrougalos said he expressed to his Turkish counterpart Greece’s unreserved condemnation of the unilateral illegal actions of Turkey in Cyprus’ EEZ. The Greek Foreign Minister said that he had asked that these activities immediately stop.
The two foreign ministers also discussed the need to de-escalate the tension in the Aegean in order to avoid an accident, which is an unwanted possibility for both countries, Katrougalos said.
In this context, Greek Foreign Minister stressed that Turkey should also stop violating Greek airspace, underlining the importance of the confidence-building measures agreed upon between the Turkish President and the Greek Prime Minister during the latter’s recent official visit to Turkey.
The Turkish drill ship “Fatih” is currently stationed 37 nautical miles off the west coast of Cyprus.
On May 3, Turkish authorities issued a Navtex (a navigational telex) advising that the drillship Fatih would be carrying out “drilling operations” in an area west of Paphos, until September 3.