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Russia: We reject EU sanctions against Turkey because of its exploration of the Eastern Mediterranean

Russia has confirmed its rejection of the European Union's sanctions against Turkey because of the excavations carried out by the eastern Mediterranean, in the region considered to be the Republic of Cyprus.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news conference on Wednesday: "This issue of course concerns Turkey and the European Union, but we start from the fact that pressure through sanctions is certainly not an arsenal of diplomacy, although unfortunately A factor in modern international relations, and such mechanisms must not constitute the basis of international politics. "

"We have to bear in mind the fact that this is part of the fait accompli today, but doing so unilaterally is not legal," Zakharova said.

The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said her country was committed to a "very negative" stance against any sanctions imposed without UN Security Council approval. "Of course, we can not accept this policy as a mechanism to achieve the particular interests of any party," she said.

On July 15, the European Council approved a package of sanctions against Turkey for its gas exploration work in waters that are internationally recognized as part of the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus.

Since 1974, the island of Cyprus has been divided into two regions: the predominantly Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, supported by Ankara and the internationally recognized Greek-Cypriot Republic of Cyprus.

Since May 4, Turkey has been carrying out gas exploration in the waters "with permission" from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, sending two ships to the region, amid opposition from the Republic of Cyprus, Greece, the European Union, the United States and Egypt.

Source: Agencies

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