The European Council is ready to respond appropriately and with full solidarity with Cyprus, Donald Tusk warned Ankara after the first day of the EU’s 28 members summit who condemned Turkey’s illegal actions in the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

The text featuring the conclusions basically adopts the Cypriot and Greek proposal, is much harsher than the initial draft, as it strongly condemns Turkey’s actions and calls on the Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) to submit options for “appropriate measures without delay.”

Via the conclusions text, the European leaders express serious concerns about the fact that Turkey has not responded to the recommendations so far and they make it clear that the Turkish provocations have an “immediate negative impact” on Euro-Turkey relations.

They also emphasize that the EU will closely monitor developments and that the issue is expected to be discussed again at the General Affairs Council in July.