Cyprus to block progress in Turkey's EU entry bid over offshore gas search row

Cyprus says it will block any progress in Turkey's ongoing talks to join the European Union in response to a Turkish gas search in waters where the EU member has already licensed companies to drill.

Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides says President Nicos Anastasiades will also lodge a formal complaint against Turkey at an EU leader's meeting later this week.

Cyprus was split along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of a union with Greece. Turkey doesn't recognize Cyprus as a state and opposes its offshore energy search.

Anastasiades suspended reunification talks earlier this month after Turkey announced its gas search plans.

The additional measures come after a warship-escorted Turkish research vessel sailed into waters off the island's south coast.