Turkey ups the ante, rejects EU warning on drilling off Cyprus

Turkey rejects the statement by EU's High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini calling on Turkey "to show restraint, respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone and refrain from any such illegal action to which the European Union will respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus."

In a statement, Turkey's foreign ministry insists that it has "legitimate rights stemming from international law" to engage in hydrocarbon exploration activities and accuses the "Greek Cypriot Administration" of "irresponsibly jeopardizing" the area's security and stability.

Turkey, which invaded Cyprus in 1974 following a Greek-led coup, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, but does recognize the Turkish-occupied north as the "Turkish Republic of North Cyprus" since 1983, the only country to do so.

Here's the Turkish Foreign...

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