Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his country will not give in to provocations or threats of sanctions in the disputed Eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara is embroiled in a territorial conflict with Greece.
“We will never bow to the bandits when it comes to our continental plate. We will not withdraw from the language of sanctions and threats,” warned Erdogan members of his ruling Justice and Development Party in the city of Rize. in the Black Sea.
Erdogan’s statements come a day after he announced that he had agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel to start talks to “calm the situation”.
Hours later, EU foreign ministers called for a dialogue to address the conflict. The EU has condemned Turkey’s actions in the past and has indicated the possibility of sanctions.