Turkey was responding to what the leaders of the European Union said at the conclusion of a summit in Brussels on Friday that they regret the actions of Turkey, which they described as unilateral in the eastern Mediterranean, but they did not change the strategy agreed upon at the previous summit, which was slow to study possible sanctions.
European Council President Charles Michel said, “We condemn Turkey’s provocations and its unilateral actions,” stressing that the European Union intends to study the situation again next December to consider sanctions against Ankara.
European leaders discussed this dispute at their summit, after Turkey returned the ship “Oruj Reis” to resume surveying and exploration for oil and gas in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean last Monday.
In their summit statement, the 27 leaders said that the European Union “deplores the renewed unilateral and provocative measures by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, including recent exploration activities,” and called on Ankara to retreat from its last step, and reaffirmed their “full solidarity” with the two members Greece and Cyprus. In the European Union.
For her part, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters during the summit, “We agreed that the unilateral measures taken by Turkey recently, of a clearly provocative nature, lead to an increase in tensions instead of easing them … This is very unfortunate and unnecessary.”
“We are keen to proceed with the path we took with Turkey … The further development of relations between the European Union and Turkey is in the interest of both parties,” she said.
The leaders of the European Union agreed during a summit held on October 2 to give Turkey until early December before considering the issue of imposing economic sanctions. Germany, which has so far led diplomatic talks with Ankara, wants to give an opportunity for dialogue because Close trade relations between the European Union and Turkey.
Greece and Cyprus sought to push the European Union to take a tougher response and send a strong warning to Turkey, but European Council President Charles Michel made it clear on Friday that there will be no change in the strategy agreed upon at the last summit.
Under this strategy, the European Union will closely monitor Turkey’s movements in the eastern Mediterranean, and will decide the appropriate action at the summit scheduled to be held next December.
On the other hand, Turkish media said that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will travel to Paris next Tuesday to discuss a number of issues. Cavusoglu called on the European Union to adopt constructive strategies in its dealings with Turkey based on the principle of mutual profit.
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