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President met Donald Tusk ahead of EU Summit

22/03/2018 16:15

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk met today in Brussels ahead of the European Council, to discuss the agenda of today`s meeting and Turkey`s behaviour in the Eastern Mediteranean.

The meeting took place in a constructive atmosphere, and according to a government source, President Anastasiades has given emphasis on Turkey`s behaviour, which was contrary to President Tusk`s recommendations in his statement after the informal summit of the 23rd of February.

President Anastasiades also highlighted the need to send a clear message to Turkey through the Summit`s conclusions, which President Tusk will also convey to Turkish President Tayip Erdogan at the Varna EU- Turkey Summit.

Last month, a drill ship contracted by Eni to explore offshore Cyprus left the area, after Turkish warships blocked its path to its target in Block 3 of Cyprus’ EEZ.

Turkey does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004. Cyprus has been divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.