Nicosia, Cyprus – Nicos Anastasiades, leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration, explaining that the EU tried to impose sanctions on Turkey, but they were unsuccessful, the Greek Cypriot leader said, “The interests of EU countries in the Turkish economy, the dependency of their sectors and the interests of banks in Turkey prevent sanction decisions from being taken.”

The Greek Cypriot leader also noted that the EU Foreign and Security Policy Commissioner, Josep Borrell, replied to him, “Don’t expect anything from sanctions efforts against Turkey.” Anastasiades added that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis avoided rhetoric that would increase tensions with Turkey, and that the EU and NATO were making a similar effort.