.@IKasoulides: Cyprus deal a Turkey gas pipeline prerequisite

In an interview with Greek-language daily Kathimerini, published on Sunday, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said a prerequisite for a gas pipeline to Turkey is a solution to the Cyprus problem.

In reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s energy aspirations, Kasoulides said a Cyprus reunification deal could offer the possibility of routing a gas pipeline from the eastern Mediterranean to Turkey, either for domestic consumption or for transport to Europe.

“[Such a development] implies, of course, a solution to the Cyprus problem for which Turkey is invited to contribute via stances that would allow a settlement, rather than positions that lead to dead ends,” Kasoulides said.

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