Turkey is an agitator seeking to take over Mediterranean, Cypriot president says

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday that Cyprus and its European Union partners were working to rein in Turkey’s aggressive policies in the eastern Mediterranean, where tensions have risen recently due to competing claims over potentially rich hydrocarbon reserves, Kathimerini reported.

“Unfortunately, we’re talking about an agitator that’s seeking to dominate the entire eastern Mediterranean and place under its control a number of countries that ring the eastern Mediterranean,” Anastasiades said.

The Cypriot president said that the EU needed to take stock of how much leeway it will give a Turkish government that wants to control the whole region.

The EU, along with Greece and Cyprus, objects to Turkey’s claims over drilling rights off Cyprus, where Turkey currently has two drilling ships and one surveying vessel accompanied by its navy.