July 10, 2019 / 7:01 AM / 2 months ago

Turkey rejects Greek, EU claims that drilling off Cyprus illegitimate

ISTANBUL, July 10 (Reuters) - Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday it rejected statements by Greek and European Union officials that Turkish drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus was illegitimate and said the EU could not be an impartial mediator on the Cyprus problem.

The ministry said in a statement that Turkey’s Fatih ship had started drilling activities to the west of the Mediterranean island at the start of May and its Yavuz ship had recently arrived to the east of Cyprus and would conduct drilling activities.

Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Sarah Dadouch

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