Juncker called on Turkey to improve relations with Cyprus and Greece

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament during a debate on The State of the European Union in Strasbourg, France, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
EUROPEAN COMMISION (VOP TODAY NEWS) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged Turkey to improve its relations with Cyprus and Greece, he said at a press conference at the EU-Turkey meeting in Varna, which is broadcast by the EU services.

“We need Turkey to improve its relations with the EU countries, I want to say about Cyprus and Greece,” he said.

In recent weeks, relations between Greece and Turkey have sharply deteriorated after the Turkish patrol ship rammed the ship of the Greek coast guard. Many observers state the danger of a military incident and compare the situation to 1996.

Then the dispute over the territorial affiliation of the two rocky isles of Imia (Kardak) in the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea led to a crisis in relations between Greece and Turkey.

The ships of the Turkish fleet also block the floating drilling rig Saipem 12000, which is drilling in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Cyprus for the Italian oil company Eni, and prevent it from proceeding to block number 3 of the EEZ and start work there.