MEPs adopted a resolution on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, in which they called on Turkey to stop drilling in the exclusive economic zone of Greece and Cyprus and take urgent measures to de-escalate military tensions in the region, the European Parliament website reports.
Some 601 deputies backed the resolution, 57 voted against, while 36 parliamentarians abstained.
“The MEPs condemned the actions of Turkey in the exclusive economic zone of Greece and Cyprus and expressed their full solidarity with these member countries. They voiced their concern regarding the ongoing dispute and the related risk of further military escalation between EU member states and an EU candidate country,” the document reads.
The European Parliament stressed that the situation seriously damages bilateral relations between the EU and Turkey, as well as undermines human rights, erodes the principles of the rule of law and democracy in Turkey.