Lakkotrypis: Cyprus ‘ready for all scenarios’
As Turkey raises the stakes in the Eastern Mediterranean with violations and threats of drilling in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Cypriot minister of energy, commerce, industry and tourism notes that "the best response is for us to continue to implement our energy strategy unfettered."
Indeed, last weekend Yiorgos Lakkotrypis confirmed that the Republic of Cyprus is close to agreement with the Total-ENI joint venture for offshore drilling in another area. In an exclusive interview with Kathimerini, Lakkotrypis focused on the merits of regional partnerships such as the East Med Gas Forum and the role of the European Union and the United States in ensuring stability for investors. As for the Turkish claims, he stressed that Cyprus "is ready for all scenarios" but added that "we need to avoid playing the destabilization game that Turkey is pursuing."