Greek FM urges Ankara to stop its illegal activities in Cyprus

Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos called on Turkey to end its illegal acitivities within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) during talks on Thursday evening with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on the sidelines of a Council of Europe ministerial meeting in Helsinki.

The meeting took place during a period of heightened tensions between the two countries, due to the presence of the Fatih drillship in Cyprus' EEZ and Turkish exercises in the Aegean.

Earlier, Katrougalos reiterated Greece's support for Turkey's long-stalled bid to join the European Union in an interview with Politico.

"We're among the few European countries that still believe in that," he said. He noted, however, that Turkey "must first respect their obligations," stressing that accession hinges on Ankara respecting "not just international law but also the rule of law and human...

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