The Joint Rescue Coordination Center – under the auspices of the Cypriot Ministry of Defense – said in a maritime intelligence notification (Navtex) that the Turkish exercise is “illegal” and “violates” the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus, according to AFP. Digi24.

Cyprus remained divided after the Turkish army invaded the north of the Mediterranean island in 1974. At the time, a coup aimed at its attachment to Greece. The Republic of Cyprus, a member of the European Union, exercises its authority only in two thirds of the south of the island, and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey.

Turkey has announced it will conduct a real firing exercise off Cyprus from Saturday, September 12, to Monday, next week, despite threats from European Union (EU) sanctions over the Ankara government’s actions in the Mediterranean. Of east.

This issue will be on the agenda of the European Council on 24-25 September.

Turkey and Greece, both NATO members, are continuing a dispute over oil fields in the eastern Mediterranean, in a region that Athens says is under its sovereignty.

Tensions escalated on August 10, when Turkey sent a seismic prospecting ship, along with warships, into Greek-claimed waters, prompting Athens to launch naval maneuvers to defend its maritime territory. The prospecting ship would remain in the disputed waters until Saturday, September 12.