Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has slammed Turkey's activity in the Eastern Mediterranean saying that Ankara is questioning Cyprus' sovereignty.
"We are playing on the chessboard of international law. It would be an act of absolute folly to return to time of 19th century gunboats," Dendias told Proto Thema radio station on Wednesday.
Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has condemned Turkish activities inside Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) describing it as an invasion of the Mediterranean island's maritime domain.
"This is certainly an invasion of Cyprus' territorial waters," Prodromou told Skai radio on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (right) visited Nicosia Monday for talks with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides (left). Dendias said that top European Union diplomats will decide next week on how to respond to Turkey's bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has licensed European energy companies to conduct a hydrocarbons search.
Turkey has been stirring the pot on a number of complex and sensitive issues, notably migration, the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Faced with such a dangerous player, Athens and Nicosia do not just have to present a completely united front; they also need to be perfectly synchronized in their policies and reactions.