Sep 14, 2020
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Turkey urged US to return to neutral position on Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said that Ankara calls on the US to return to a policy of neutrality towards Cyprus, Interfax reports.

According to him, the memorandum of understanding signed by Washington and Nicosia on the creation of a training center will not serve peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and will damage the solution of the Cyprus problem.

“We invite the United States to return to the policy of neutrality, which it has traditionally adhered to on the island of Cyprus, and to contribute to efforts aimed at resolving the Cyprus issue,” the diplomat said.

Aksoy also added that recent steps by the United States, in particular the lifting of the arms embargo on Cyprus and the inclusion of the Greek side in the military training program, have increased tensions in the region.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Turkey is no longer Europe's partner in the Eastern Mediterranean.

He believes that the position of Europe should be more unified and clear, since Turkey signed an agreement denying the legal rights of Greece, and its drilling methods in the economic zone of Cyprus are unacceptable.

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