Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of taking “provocative and illegal” action by sending a survey boat to an area where the Cypriot government has licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas.

Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides said the vessel was being closely monitored and that Nicosia would examine “its response to defend its rights and sovereignty.”

Nicosia is unhappy that Ankara is determined to search for oil and gas in the same region where the Cypriot government has already licensed exploratory drills in an exclusive economic zone. […]