The Greek Foreign Ministry said that Turkey violated Cyprus' international law and sovereign rights by impeding drilling in the Cyprus exclusive economic zone.
Ships of the Turkish fleet block the floating rig Saipem 12000, which drills in the Cyprus EEZ for the Italian oil company ENI, and prevent it from proceeding to the block number 3 EEZ and start work there. Prior to this, the Italian oil and gas company ENI, together with the French Total, drilled at site number 6 in the Cyprus EEZ and on 8 February confirmed the availability of gas reserves at the Calypso 1 field.
President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis said on Sunday that Turkey continues provocations in the Cyprus EEZ and noted that Nicosia intends to seek the cessation of violations of international law by Ankara.
The Greek Foreign Ministry called illegal the actions of Turkey.
"Turkey continues to question international law, grossly violating the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean, and we urge Turkey to refrain from further illegal measures and fulfill its obligations under international law," the statement said.
Athens notes that Turkey's provocative behavior is incompatible with the behavior of the candidate country for EU membership.
"We welcome the restrained and calm position of the Republic of Cyprus, which confirms its role as a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean," the document says.