Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades gave an interview to Politico, famous for European Union research, and discussed the agenda. Anastasiades claimed that Turkey's status as a candidate country for the European Union should be reduced if it continues its aggressive stance in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Nikos Anastasiades also said that despite what the European Union describes as illegal, Turkey has violated the red line by continuing its oil and gas exploration efforts off Cyprus.
In an interview, Anastasiades also said that Turkey must either meet the requirements of being a candidate country, and that neither its membership nor its candidacy would be possible if it did not comply with them.
However, Anastasiades added that they are in favour of Turkey joining the European Union. "We would prefer to have a European neighbor instead of an aggressive one."