Greece & Cyprus need EU to cease ‘provocative’ Turkey amid Jap Mediterranean row

Athens and Nicosia count on the European Union to exert extra stress on Ankara over Turkey’s pure gasoline exploration in contested Jap Mediterranean waters at an ongoing summit in Brussels.

“Turkey stays constant in its provocative and aggressive habits. On this context, the EU should present the identical consistency within the implementation of the selections it has already taken, in order that Turkey’s habits has the suitable penalties,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis careworn on Thursday, as he arrived for the summit.

On Friday, forward of the talks, Slovenian PM Janez Jansa expressed hope that the bloc “will have the ability to strongly and unanimously help Greece and Cyprus towards the latest provocations made by Turkey.”

A senior EU diplomat was additionally quoted as saying earlier than the summit that “there shall be an effort to offer a powerful warning” to Turkey.

French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated Thursday that except Turkey reveals “respect for the integrity of Greece and Cyprus” then the European Council in December will take into account initiating sanctions. “We actually want that Turkey clarifies its positions and returns to a spirit of dialogue,” he stated.

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“The prevailing local weather signifies that Turkey has confirmed unreliable. Even sure international locations that believed Turkey would do what is alleged have been contradicted by developments in latest days,” Greek authorities spokesman Stelios Petsas instructed Greek state broadcaster ERT on Friday, commenting on the continuing developments in Brussels.

In September, EU leaders warned Turkey towards “provocations” in waters disputed by Greece and Cyprus, however earlier this week Ankara despatched its seismic survey ship, which had been recalled final month, again into the waters of the jap Mediterranean. The transfer was criticized by a number of EU members as a blow to negotiation efforts.

The Turkish management, in flip, has criticized the EU for continued references to doable sanctions towards Ankara, with the nation’s diplomats even suggesting EU-Turkey relations had been “taken hostage” by Greece and Cyprus. Turkey has additionally accused the EU of failing to ship on guarantees concerning a customs union deal, visa liberalization and the reopening of EU membership chapters.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went even additional this week, saying that Turkey will give Greece the “reply it deserves” over the Jap Mediterranean dispute.

However, the EU had earlier made it clear that dialogue with Turkey was doable, and the Greek prime minister had, in September, known as for giving diplomacy an opportunity. “Everyone understands that this fixed escalation of pressure can not proceed,” Mitsotakis stated. “And I refuse to consider that partnership between shut neighbors is just not doable.”

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