The best answer to Turkish provocations in the island’s EEZ is ‘business as usual’, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday.
Answering reporter’s questions at the House, Lakkotrypis said despite the challenges to Cyprus, ENI-KOGAS was continuing its drilling work in Block 9 with the Sapiem 10000 and was on schedule.
He said the government was in daily contact with the company.
“We are monitoring the drilling,” he said, adding that officials from his ministry were also at the platform.
Lakkotrypis said there was also full coordination between his ministry and the foreign ministry on the issue.
The Turkish research vessel Barbaros was sailing off the island’s south-eastern coast on Monday as Ankara appeared to make good on its threat to carry out surveys within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.
On Tuesday the Barbaros had entered deeper into the island’s EEZ. According to marinetraffic.com, it was at around midday, positions some 33 nautical miles off the south coast and some 29 nautical miles directly north of the Sapiem 10000.