Turkey is ramping up its drilling operations off the coast of Cyprus, sending a third ship to the eastern Mediterranean despite EU warnings.

According to a BBC report, two Turkish vessels are already drilling for natural gas and oil off the island. The EU has said Turkey’s actions are “totally unacceptable”.

The Republic of Cyprus is in the EU, but the breakaway north is pro-Turkey.

Ankara’s latest move comes on the eve of talks between the president of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot leader.

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