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Mediterranean leader ‘confrontation’ ready for EU sanctions on Turkey

Leaders of seven European countries on the Mediterranean Sea said on Thursday that they were ready to withdraw EU sanctions against Turkey if Ankara evaded negotiations over tensions at sea. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders from six other EU states, including Turkey’s regional rival Greece. For a summit in Corsica in hopes of gaining common ground before the next EU summit this month. Again his anger against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Turkey, Macron said before the summit that the NATO ally was no longer a partner in the eastern. Mediterranean, and that its people deserved to do “something different”, the way the government currently behaves. France has strongly supported a growing deadlock with hydrocarbon resources in Greece and Cyprus and naval influence in the eastern Mediterranean in Turkey, which has led to more serious fears. struggle. Outside conversations at the resort of Porticosio with leaders from Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Cyprus, the local capital Ajacio, Macron adopted a slightly furious tone, stating that the leader was in “good faith” in talks with Turkey Want to join But the leaders’ final statement made it clear that sanctions were placed on the table if Turkey failed to end it. “Collision action”. We regret that Turkey has not responded to repeated calls by the European Union to end unilateral and illegal activities in the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, “the communique said that we maintain in the absence of progress.” The European Union is ready to develop a list of further restrictive measures until Turkey is included in a dialogue and until it ceases unilateral activities, ”the leaders said, discussing these at the European Council on 24-25 September Can be done. Not a partner anymore. The crisis has led to a growing list of tensions between Turkey and Europe, particularly Ankara’s military intervention in Libya, its policy in Syria and actions against Erdogan’s opponents at home. President There is a need to be clear and firm with Erdogan’s government, which is behaving unacceptably today, “Macron told reporters before the summit began. He said that at this time Turkey was “not a partner in the region” due to the behavior of the Eastern Mediterranean. Macron said that Turkey “stopped the provocation in a way that was not worthy of a great state.” The Turkish people are a great man and deserve something more “. But in a strongly stated reply, the Turkish Foreign Ministry described Macron’s comments as” arrogant “and a sign of his own weakness and despair. did. “Erdogan’s top press aide Fahrtin Altun. Macron took a swipe in a tweet, describing him as” wannabe Napoleon “on a Mediterranean expedition. ‘Listen. EuroMed 7 is an informal group of Mediterranean states in the European Union, Sometimes referred to as “Club Med”. First summit in 2016. Turkey is not a member. Turkey has sought to join the European Union for more than half a century, although analysts say Erdogan and The escalating rift between the leaders of the bloc has increased the likelihood. Turkey deployed an exploration vessel last month. Supported by military frigates in the waters between Greece and Cyprus, Athens is reacting with naval exercises as a warning To induce. One reason for the tensions between France, as well as EU allies and Turkey, is Libya, where Ankara has engaged d. In support of the UN-recognized government in Tripoli. >> Focus: In the Eastern Mediterranean Tensions are growing between Greece and Turkey “If Turkey can do this before If I refuse to listen to the reason, then I see no alternative but to my European allies, sanctions, “Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who negotiated with Macron before the summit, wrote in the French daily Le Monde. After the summit, Mitsotakis on Thursday urged the European Union to make the “migration crisis” a priority after the fire. Moria Migrant Camp rendered thousands of refugees homeless. “Europe should follow the policy of acts of solidarity by words of solidarity. We must make the migration crisis more concrete at the end of our discussions,” he said. The media said the possible sale of France’s Rafael Fighter jets could be amid signs of increasingly strong alliances. Paris and Athens. The issue was not mentioned in the press statement. (AFP)