State Dept: Ankara’s decision to proceed with drilling inside Cyprus’ EEZ ‘very provocative’

The State Department characterised Turkish Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu’s statement in early May, who said that Ankara has launched the process for the conducting of drilling inside Cyprus’ EEZ, a ‘very provocative’ step that will increase the tension in the region .

At a question by Hellas Journal website, a representative of US Secretary of State expressed Washington’s deep concern over Cavusoglu’s recent statements quoting a previous US State Department announcement in which it calls Ankara to annul its decision for the illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ.