Turkey reacted sharply to EU plans to impose sanctions

Turkey reacted sharply to EU plans to impose sanctions

MFA of the republic appealed to Brussels and threatened with “growing tension in the region”

European Union policy towards Turkey could lead to increased tensions in the eastern Mediterranean region. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy after the EU decided to prepare two packages of sanctions against Turkey, Anadolu reports.

Aksoy also said that the EU “does not have the right to condemn Ankara” for conducting exploration and drilling works in the Eastern Mediterranean and demand their termination. According to the Turkish diplomat, the problem lies in the position of Greece and Greek Cyprus.

“Attempts to ignore the interests of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots in the eastern Mediterranean and the EU's unconditional support for the Greece-Greek Cyprus tandem will lead to a new round of tension in the region. The EU does not have the right to demand the cessation of exploration work on the Turkish continental shelf,” Aksoy said.

At the same time, Aksoy urged the EU “not to follow Greece's lead” under the pretext of solidarity in the organization. The diplomat stressed that if Brussels really stands for the settlement of differences in the Eastern Mediterranean, then it must adhere to an impartial position.

As a reminder, back in November 2011, the European Union started talking about imposing sanctions against Turkey due to the fact that the latter is conducting drilling operations to search for hydrocarbons in the territorial waters of Cyprus. On August 28, 2020, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the EU would accelerate the development of sanctions against Turkey. Also, the European Union will prepare additional measures against Ankara by September 24 in case “there is no progress from the Turkish side.”

By the way, Turkey is actively looking for hydrocarbons not only in the Mediterranean Sea. The republic recently discovered large reserves of natural gas in the Black Sea and will begin using it by 2023. The discovered reserves cover Turkey's demand for Russian blue fuel for 20 years.

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