The Foreign Affairs minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that Turkey starts oil exploration off Cyprus.
In an interview with radio station Kral Fm he said that in the Aegean “not even a bird can fly without Turkey’s permission”.
The Turkish FM was also asked about the theory of ceding the 18 islands to Greece: “During our governance but also already after the Kardak islet crisis nothing has changed in the effective and applicable legal frame of those islets. We do not allow this. Even regarding (oil) exploration, not even a bird can fly without Turkey’s permission. Not a single rock chunk has been given away.”