Turkey’s second drilling ship, “Yavuz”, is in the Gulf of Karpasia, where, according to a NAVTEX issued by the Turkish authorities, it will begin its illegal drilling, which is expected to last until 30 September.

“Turkey continues to violate the international law, conventional and customary, while disrespecting the appeals of the European Union and the international community to end its illegal actions and respect the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus”, said the Republic of Cyprus in an official statement.

EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, expressed “serious concern” about the new illegal Turkish drilling north of Cyprus.

No one can block our drills, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared.