EU to warn Turkey with Customs Union deal over illegal activities in Cyprus’ EEZ.

EU to warn Turkey with Customs Union deal over illegal activities in Cyprus' EEZ.

EU governments are expected to express “serious concerns” about Turkey`s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and will vow to “respond appropriately in full solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus” in a statement drafted today, which will be issued on Tuesday by the General Affairs Council (European Affairs Ministers), according to diplomatic sources who briefed the press in Luxembourg.

In particular, the EU will reiterate its condemnation of “Turkey`s illegal activities in the Eastern Mediterranean” and will note that “Turkey continues to move away from the EU”. The EU28 reiterate that accession negotiations were halted and that “there are no other chapters that are being considered for opening or closing” and warn that there is no provision for further work towards the modernization of the EU-Turkey Customs Union.