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EU offers Turkey till early Dec to de-escalate, chairman says | Asia Information

2020-10-22 03:58:17

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European Council President Charles Michel offers a press convention on the finish of the 2 days face-to-face European Union summit on the European Council Constructing in Brussels, on October 16, 2020. (PHOTO / Newpaper24)

BRUSSELS – European Union leaders remorse Turkey’s determination to ship a pure gasoline exploration ship to contested waters within the Mediterranean, the bloc’s chairman mentioned on Friday, reiterating that the EU would take into account its choices in December.

“We plan a summit in December. And we have now deliberate, certainly, to deal with once more and to evaluate the state of affairs within the jap Mediterranean and in Turkey,” European Council President Charles Michel informed a information convention after an EU summit in Brussels.

 The EU has thus far failed to influence Ankara to cease exploring in waters disputed by Greece and Cyprus

“We deplore the unilateral actions and provocations by Turkey,” Michel mentioned.

Throughout the summit, Greece and Cyprus pushed for a more durable European Union response to Turkey’s pure gasoline exploration however had been basically informed to carry off till December.

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Two weeks after their final summit the place leaders mentioned financial sanctions, the EU has thus far failed to influence Ankara to cease exploring in waters disputed by Greece and Cyprus.

Turkey mentioned on Wednesday it was restarting operations of a survey ship that it withdrew final month.

France and Germany mentioned earlier this week that Turkey had solely “weeks” to revise its stance and cease what in addition they mentioned had been provocations, however declined to present a robust ultimatum as Athens and Nicosia would really like.

EU leaders had agreed on Oct 2 to present Turkey till early December earlier than contemplating financial sanctions and Germany

EU leaders had agreed on Oct 2 to present Turkey till early December earlier than contemplating financial sanctions and Germany, which has thus far led diplomatic talks with Ankara, desires to present dialogue an opportunity due to shut EU-Turkey commerce ties.

Cyprus is annoyed that, along with the Turkish exploration ship off a Greek island, Turkey has despatched one other vessel to Cyprus’s financial zone to conduct seismic surveys.

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EU member Cyprus can be livid that Turkish Cypriot authorities have partially reopened the seaside city of Varosha, a former resort space fenced off and deserted in no-man’s land since a 1974 Turkish invasion that break up the island.

“Turkey stays constant in its provocative and aggressive behaviour,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis mentioned on Thursday in Brussels.

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