Athens Complains after Turkish Vessel Collides with Greek Coastguard Boat

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Greece Accuses Turkey of Violating Int'l Law by Obstructing Drilling in CyprusCC0

The EU is unwilling to grant Turks that concession now but, careful to avoid upsetting President Tayyip Erdogan too much, is due to commit more money for the large number of Syrian refugees living in Turkey. "We warn those who overstep the mark in Cyprus and the Aegean", he said.

Foreign ministry secretary general Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos conveyed the Greek government's protest, while the Turkish ambassador to Athens was called to the ministry for explanations, according to an e-mailed press statement by the Greek foreign ministry.

The Italian drilling platform Saipem 12000 is still being held today in the area where it was intercepted three days ago by Turkish naval units, when it was heading to Cyprus to perform work in a gas field.

Turkey rejects what it says is a "unilateral" search for resources by the Cypriot government, saying that it forgets the rights of the retracted Turkish Cypriots to the island's natural resources, threatening security and stability in the region.

However, the Cypriot government says that it has the sovereign right to drill for gas and will share any income equitably if the island is reunified.

Relations between the European Union and Turkey have become strained by disagreements over democracy and human rights, especially since a large-scale crackdown in the wake of a failed Turkish coup in 2016.

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The spokesman of the Cypriot government, Nicos Christodoulides, said yesterday that the ship of the National Hydrocarbons Entity (Eni) of Italy, is about 30 miles from its destination, the so-called Block 3 in waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone, pending of instructions and denounced his detention as a violation of global law.

"The EU stresses the need to respect the sovereignty of member states over their territorial sea and airspace".

"Recently we have been seeing increasingly provocative behavior from Turkey, which is a source of very serious concern to us", he told private Alpha radio.

In a post on his official Twitter account, European Council President Donald Tusk wrote that he had spoken to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and called on Turkey to "avoid threats or actions" against EU members and to commit to "peaceful dispute settlement".

"(Turkey) is not helping to smooth out the turbulence, it's doing the opposite", he said.

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