ISTANBUL (Reuters) – European Union choices to curb contacts and funding for Turkey over its drilling for fuel and oil off Cyprus is not going to have an effect on its willpower to proceed vitality actions within the area, the Turkish overseas ministry stated on Tuesday.
The ministry stated the EU’s failure to say Turkish Cypriots in its choices, taken on Monday, “confirmed how biased and partisan the EU is with reference to Cyprus”.
The EU suspended negotiations on the Complete Air Transport Settlement and agreed to not maintain the Affiliation Council and additional conferences of the EU-Turkey high-level dialogues in the interim.
It additionally endorsed a proposal to scale back the pre-accession help to Turkey for 2020 and invited the European Funding Financial institution to evaluation its lending actions in Turkey, notably with regard to sovereign-backed lending.
“The selections is not going to have an effect on within the slightest our nation’s willpower to proceed hydrocarbon actions within the Jap Mediterranean,” the ministry assertion stated.
Ankara, which backs the breakaway northern a part of the divided island, says that sure offshore zones fall underneath the jurisdiction of Turkey or of Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus was divided in 1974 after a Turkish invasion triggered by a quick Greek-inspired coup.
Reporting by Daren Butler; Enhancing by Paul Tait & Kim Coghill