The Turkish Cypriot president Thursday condemned the Eastern Mediterranean (EastMed) pipeline project which will be signed among Greece, Greek-administered Cyprus and Israel.

“The project contradicts geographical facts, unreasonable in economic terms, and was decided on purely political concerns,” said Mustafa Akinci in a written statement hours before the signing ceremony between Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Akinci also said the pipeline, planned to run from Israel to Southern Cyprus, Crete, Greece, and ultimately to Italy, is a much longer and more expensive route than other alternatives.

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