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Ankara calls EU sanctions on Turkish citizens over East Med drilling unlawful

Ankara calls EU sanctions on Turkish citizens over East Med drilling unlawful

Turkey on Friday slammed the European Union for moving to slap sanctions on two Turkish oil executives over Turkey's legitimate energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, calling the EU action "unlawful" and invalid.

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Turkey on Friday slammed the European Union for moving to slap sanctions on two Turkish oil executives over Turkey's legitimate energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, calling the EU action "unlawful" and invalid.

The European Union on Thursday imposed an entry ban and asset freeze on two Turkish citizens from the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) involved in Turkey's hydrocarbon exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Cyprus.

The European Council did not name the individuals, as part of a move that follows November’s decision to impose economic sanctions. “These persons are responsible for or involved in planning, directing and implementing offshore hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean that have not been authorized by the Republic of Cyprus,” the EU said in a statement.

"The European Union's adoption of the sanction list against Turkey on Feb. 27, which includes the names of two Turkish Petroleum officials, is a new example of its biased and unlawful attitude under the pretext of union solidarity," said a Foreign Ministry statement.

The sanction "has no value for us, and it is null and void" as it violates both international law and the EU acquis, it added.

The EU's attempt to dictate the Greek-Greek Cypriot maximalist maritime jurisdiction claims is futile, said the ministry, adding: "The EU cannot act as an international court. It cannot portray un-delimited and disputed maritime jurisdiction areas as final maritime boundaries."

"It is most unfortunate to see that the EU still keeps ignoring the rights of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots," said the statement. "The EU should have rather supported dialogue and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean."

The sanctions "will not affect Turkey's determination to protect its own rights and that of Turkish Cypriots' in the Eastern Mediterranean. On the contrary, it will further strengthen our resolve," said the ministry.


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