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‘No threat to Cypriot and Greek sovereignty will be accepted’

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

France will not accept any threat to Cypriot and Greek sovereignty, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said.

In an interview with Kathemerini on Sunday, Le Maire underlined that Paris and the EU have strongly supported Athens and Nicosia against Turkish threats and drilling in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Called to comment on the political and economic importance of the EastMed pipeline, the French finance minister said Europe must diversify its sources of energy supplies to meet its needs.

“The discovery of natural gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean is an opportunity,” he said.

“The EastMed pipeline is an option through which Europe can achieve its energy goals and its implementation is well supported by the European Union.”

Le Maire also stressed that the exploitation of the natural gas resources in the Mediterranean might create tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“However, no threat to Cypriot and Greek sovereignty will be accepted. Both France and the EU as a whole have strongly supported Athens and Nicosia against these threats,” he concluded.

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