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European Commission Says Proposed Steps on Turkey's Drilling Off Cyprus to EU Leaders

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Commission and the EU diplomatic service have proposed several possible measures on Turkey's drilling off Cyprus coast to EU leaders, Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for the vice president of the commission and EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Thursday.

"I can confirm, that as mandated by the European Council in June, the commission and the European External Action Service have this week put forward options to the council on appropriate measures to be taken in response to Turkey's drilling activities in Eastern Mediterranean. And it's obviously now for the council to take this forward", Kocijancic told reporters.

On Wednesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Ankara will continue carrying out hydrocarbons exploration in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone despite the European Union's negative reaction.

Two Turkish drillships, Yavuz and Fatih, are currently anchored off the coast of Cyprus in order to drill for oil and gas. Cyprus and Greece see it as a provocation, and the European Union has called on Turkey to end drilling in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone. Ankara, meanwhile, believes it has a right to drill for regional natural resources.

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