Last October Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades withdrew from the negotiation process after Turkey dispatched a seismic research ship accompanied by a navy ship to the region where efforts are under way to find natural gas.
Anastasiades stated that he decided “to suspend the talks until the ship Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa leaves the east Mediterranean.”
It was important for Turkey to fix its relations with the EU in terms of easing its field of political maneuver, which had narrowed both in its region and cyclically internationally. This standoff in the east Mediterranean led some to say that Turkey was seeking to expand its military occupation of the island towards the sea and signaled that we had missed a big opportunity in terms of EU relations.
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