Amid key negotiations among EU leaders during an extraordinary summit on the bloc’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades seized the opportunity to also warn against Turkey’s continuous violations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Anastasiades raised the issue on Saturday, during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,

as Germany assumed the rotating EU Council Presidency on July 1.

According to the Cypriot government’s spokesperson, Anastasiades told Merkel that the EU should take all necessary actions to end the Turkish violations in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and that the country is willing to restart Cyprus talks as soon as possible.

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