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EU Adopts Punitive Measures Against Turkey Over Cyprus Drilling

  • High-level talks, aviation agreement negotiations suspended
  • Bloc says it’s working on measures targeting Turkish companies
The Fatih oil drilling ship prepares to sail to the contested waters of the Mediterranean Sea for oil and gas drilling operations near Anatalya, Turkey.
Photographer: Firat Kozok/Bloomberg

European Union foreign ministers agreed to freeze most high-level contacts with Turkey and cut the flow of funds to the country, while holding back for now on sanctions that could target Turkish companies involved in offshore drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.

The decision, signed off at a meeting of EU foreign policy chiefs in Brussels, calls for suspending negotiations on an aviation agreement with Ankara, halting scheduled ministerial meetings, reducing financial aid and inviting the European Investment Bank to review sovereign-backed lending to Turkey.