Gas dispute: EU prepares sanctions against Turkey

Currently, the European Union is working on a list of possible sanctions against Turkey in order to force the country to limit exploration work in the Mediterranean to Turkish territorial waters. During the EU summit scheduled for September 24-25, Athens and Nicosia intend to agree to the imposition of sanctions against Belarus only if a decision is made to impose sanctions against Ankara. Why isn't Turkey facing more effective resistance?

The EU is slow to react ...

In his article on the Delfi portal, political scientist Linas Koyala points out that those who reproach the EU for inaction do not understand the principles by which the community mechanisms function:

“The accusations of inefficiency, of course, are well-founded, but the European Union is not a state. ... Although the EU has been imposing sanctions for almost 30 years and the number of countries and individuals being fined is growing, such measures still require the consent of all twenty-seven countries of the community. And only in case of agreement, the EU train gives a whistle — and sets off. ... Therefore, discussions in the EU often proceed in a paradoxical way. On the one hand, many critics point to the danger of the EU turning into a kind of federation or superstate, endangering the sovereignty of individual countries. On the other hand, this does not prevent the same critics from harshly chastising the EU for its inefficiency.”

NATO and the EU must work together!

In the course of this dispute, NATO cannot take sides, since both parties to the conflict are members of the alliance. At the same time, the EU supports Greece — as a member of its community. This approach is counterproductive, says Jutarnji list:

“In order to be significant players on the world stage, both the EU and NATO must have a clear and unified political position. Now everything looks different, which is becoming a problem, including in terms of building relations with third countries, some of which — for example, Russia — have turned from a “strategic partner” into a “strategic adversary” for both the EU and NATO. ... To be successful, the EU and NATO need to work together. After all, almost all EU member states, in turn, are members of NATO, and those who are not members of the alliance are in the status of partners. ... The EU and NATO must also work to overcome the differences between their member countries, as well as to define not only common interests but also common values.”

Alleged de-escalation

The Turkish reconnaissance vessel Oruch Reis returned to the port of Antalya over the weekend. Despite this, the newspaper Ta Nea advises you to be on your guard:

“Greece's consistency and commitment to de-escalation is the only way to understand whether Ankara is only making a tactical maneuver to avoid mounting international pressure. Turkey also wants to avoid possible sanctions from the EU, which could be introduced at the EU summit on September 24-25. ... The conflicting statements of various Turkish officials only add fuel to the fire of suspicion and mistrust. If the crisis unfolding over the past two months is part of a strategic plan, then one should expect renewed provocations from Turkey. The Oruch Reis vessel will remain docked in the port of Antalya as long as Erdogan wishes to appear peaceful and inclined to dialogue. However, the path to this dialogue may take a very long time.”

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