It is our national benefit to address any developments with calmness and not help the other side that is at a strategic impasse to create conditions of tension, Alternate Minister for European Affairs Giorgos Katrougalos said in an interview with the Athens Macedonian News Agency's radio station Praktoreio 104.9 FM on Monday.

"We must see the Turkish movements with a great deal of sobriety for two reasons: firstly, because they are not new - it is a common practice of Ankara to question Cyprus' rights that the international law recognizes - and secondly, because for the first time the Turkish side is so isolated," Katrougalos underlined and explained:

"Cyprus' sovereign right to proceed with the drilling in the blocks in its sovereignty is not only recognised in papers, but foreign powers are also present in the area. For example, the French Defence Minister is visiting Cyprus on Monday."

Whatever the outcome of drilling, it should be considered as a national success, he said, because "the exercise of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus is confirmed in such an impressive way while the Turkish side is diplomatically isolated."