February 12, 2018 / 5:42 PM / 3 months ago

EU's Tusk speaks to Cyprus leader, tells Turkey to avoid threats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council head Donald Tusk told Turkey on Monday “to avoid threats or actions against any EU member and instead commit to good neighbourly relations, peaceful dispute settlement and respect for territorial sovereignty”.

European Council President Donald Tusk delivers a speech during a debate on the last December European summit and Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Tusk, who chairs EU leaders’ meeting, made the comments after speaking to the Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades after Nicosia accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas.

Cyprus on Sunday accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship contracted by Italian oil company Eni from approaching an area to explore for natural gas, highlighting tensions over offshore resources in the east Mediterranean.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Gabriela Baczynska

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