The Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) have commissioned a group of experts to suggest sanctions to be imposed later on persons and entities in Turkey.
The people and juridical persons who will be hit by the sanctions accused by the EU of participating in exploring and drilling oil and natural gas illegally in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.
Joseph Burrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy held a news conference by the concluding session of the European Council in Brussels on Monday.
He revealed that the EU discussed over the meeting the illegal drilling for oil and the natural gas conducted by Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea.
He added that the Foreign Minister of Cyprus briefed the council of the Turkish efforts in the controversial zone.
Burell assured that the concerned bodies of the EU mull over blacklisting all parties and persons in Turkey who assume responsibility for those illegal efforts.
“The European Union must firstly end these policies under the guise of union solidarity, which is far from reality, prejudiced and shows double standards.”
Cyprus was divided during a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup. Turkey supports a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the north of the island.
Responding to the announcement of fresh drilling, EU foreign affairs spokesman Peter Stano said on Saturday that concrete steps were needed to create an environment conducive to dialogue.
“The intention by Turkey to launch further exploration and drilling activities in the wider region goes, regrettably, in the opposite direction,” Stano said in a statement.
Stano said the ship Yavuz was heading for the south of Cyprus to an area for which Turkish Cypriot authorities awarded an exploration license to a Turkish company in 2011.
Cyprus’s internationally recognized government discovered offshore gas in 2011 but has been at loggerheads with Turkey over maritime zones around the island, where it has granted licenses to multinational companies for oil and gas research.
Turkey, which does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus’s government, says that some areas in which Nicosia has operations are either on the Turkish.