US Secretary Of State Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu discuss the Eastern Mediterranean

According to diplomatic sources, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Monday.

Among the topics discussed were matters related to the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus.

The conversation comes after Turkey called on the “US to return to its traditional policy of neutrality,” following the announcement of a joint security training centre between Cyprus and the US, that has the abbreviated name of CYCLOPS.

In a brief visit to Cyprus on Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States remains “deeply concerned” about Turkey’s actions at sea, prompting Ankara to demand that Washington be neutral to its aggression against Greece and Cyprus.

Before the telephone conversation, Çavuşoğlu confidently expressed that he does not believe the European Union will sanction Turkey for its violation of Greek and Cypriot maritime space and Continental shelves for over a month.

He made the comments just a day after the Oruç Reis research vessel finally returned to port after more than a month of violating the sovereignty of two EU members.

According to Çavuşoğlu, “We did not issue a new NAVTEX because the Oruc Reis needs maintenance. There was no reason for new NAVTEX under these circumstances. Some people saw this move as a setback, and the country’s opposition thought so, but that is not true.”

It is expected that at the European Union leaders meeting on September 24-25, a decision will be made to sanction Turkey for its defiance of international law and its threats of war against Greece and Cyprus.

The EU says it fully supports member states Greece and Cyprus in their dispute with Turkey and has said it is drawing up potential sanctions if dialogue does not begin.