Cyprus said on Tuesday it expects a firmer stance from the European Union over Turkey’s bid to drill for oil and gas within its exclusive economic zone.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said he wasn’t optimistic about Turkey changing its tact, but he does expect Brussels to show its teeth in its handling of the issue.
“I’m optimistic that the EU will at least show decisiveness in sending a stronger message than it has done up until today, this is our objective,” Anastasiades told reporters.
“And I believe after the summit of the seven southern EU Member States there will be a stronger EU stance," he added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would not back down from gas exploration in Cyprus after southern European leaders urged Ankara to stop.