Cyprus Talks: Turkey begins military exercises in Northern Cyprus
Tensions between Turkey and Cyprus have escalated over disputes over commercial rights in the Mediterranean
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Cypriot representatives on Tuesday that Moscow is ready to mediate negotiations with Turkey amid growing tensions over energy exploration in the Mediterranean.
Long-standing tensions between Turkey and Cyprus, backed by Greece, have escalated this year with disputes over commercial rights in the eastern Mediterranean, an area believed to be rich in natural gas..
“With regard to your relations with the Republic of Turkey, we are ready to facilitate the establishment of a pragmatic dialogue based on respect for mutual interests in order to find a just solution that will be based on international law,” Lavrov said at a meeting with President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades.
NATO member Turkey and Greece have disagreements over the extent of their continental shelves.
Ankara also disputes the rights of Cyprus to explore for natural gas in the sea waters around the island, claiming that some areas belong to its continental shelf.. Turkey also states that the isolated Turkish Cypriot community also has rights to the resources to be discovered.
Turkey has no diplomatic relations with Cyprus, but supports the breakaway unrecognized state of Turkish Cypriots in the north of the island.
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