EU adopts sanctions plan against Turkey over Cyprus drilling

The sanctions would involve travel bans and asset freezes.
Monday 11/11/2019
The European Union has unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorised gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted.
In this file photo taken on June 20, 2019 Turkish police officers patrols next to the drilling ship 'Yavuz' scheduled to search for oil and gas off Cyprus, at the port of Dilovasi, outside Istanbul. (AFP)

The European Union has unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorised gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted.

EU foreign ministers adopted a mechanism Monday making it possible "to sanction individuals or entities responsible for, or involved in, unauthorised drilling activities of hydrocarbons."

EU member countries can now come forward with the names of those they think should be listed.

The sanctions would involve travel bans and asset freezes on people and "entities" like companies or organisations. EU citizens and firms would be banned from providing them with funds.

Turkey doesn't recognize Cyprus as a state and says it's acting to protect its energy interests and those of Turkish Cypriots living in the north of the divided island.

(AP)