The Cypriot Foreign Minister said, in statements to Greek media, that Turkey had chosen to escalate against his country by taking a decision to extend the work of the exploration vessel "Yavuz" in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus.
The Cypriot minister added that Ankara revealed behind this step "its true intentions," as he put it, referring to the continued Turkish provocations in the eastern Mediterranean, which angered several countries.
The foreign minister's comments come less than a day after the Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides warned that the situation in the eastern Mediterranean is causing concern, in light of the continuing Turkish provocations.
In a press statement, the Cypriot Minister of Defense said that the European Union should send a "decisive message" to Turkey, confirming the unity of its position on its illegal activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Cypriot minister affirmed that his country had received during the last period many letters of support and support for its position on the crisis, in light of Ankara's measures for oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, according to what the Cyprus News Agency reported.
Turkey said two days ago, that it had extended the operations of its seismic ship, "Barbaros Khair al-Din Pasha", off the coast of southeastern Cyprus until October 18, which provoked a Cypriot response to this step.
The dispute between Cyprus and Turkey revolves around drilling in territorial waters linked to the division of the island between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Ankara occupied Northern Cyprus in 1974, and it is only recognized by Ankara.