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Replica of Ancient Vessel to Sail from Bulgaria to Cyprus

On the edge of Lake Varna in Bulgaria, an unusual looking vessel is under construction as a team of Europeans and Bolivians race to complete their work, binding, packing and cutting reeds under the burning Bulgarian sun, reports Deutsche Welle.

The aim — to complete the reed boat and sail it 3000 kilometers to Cyprus.

Defense ministers stick to positions but agree to keep in contact

Greek and Turkish defense ministers Evangelos Apostolakis and Hulusi Akar embrace during Wednesday's NATO summit in Brussels. The two men met on the sidelines of the summit amid heightened tensions between the two countries over Turkey's actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

EU leaders blast Turkey over Cyprus’ EEZ, order list of sanctions

The EU at its June 20-21 summit called on the European Commission and the competent EEAS service to table "without delay" proposed sanctions against Turkey over its illegal drilling for hydrocarbons in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of member-state Cyprus.

It also issued re-issued a warning about Ankara's illegal activity in the Aegean.