Turkey says determined to protect ‘interests’ in East Med


Turkey is determined to protect its interests in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, the country’s National Security Council has said.

During a meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan late Tuesday, the council affirmed Ankara’s intention to protect the rights and interests of Turkish and Turkish-Cypriot citizens in the Eastern Mediterranean under what it said are the provisions of international law.

Turkey abides by its commitments and obligations under international law and expects the same sensitivity from its allies, the council said.

On Tuesday, Athens accused Ankara of undermining security in the region by drilling for oil and gas around Cyprus.