The southern European Union (EU) countries on Thursday warned Turkey with new sanctions “if it does not make progress on the path of dialogue” with Greece to resolve its disputes in the eastern Mediterranean and “not its unilateral activities completed”. .
“The EU stands ready to draw up a list of additional restrictive measures that could be presented to the European Council on September 24-25, 2020,” said the countries participating in the summit – France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus – in its final communiqué.
In it they reaffirmed “their full support and total solidarity” with Cyprus and Greece “in the face of repeated attacks on their sovereignty and sovereign rights as well as the aggressive actions of Turkey”, which is why they asked the parties “to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation”.
The participating States also welcomed Germany’s mediation to try to persuade Athens and Ankara to resume dialogue and expressed their satisfaction with the Cypriot invitation to the Turkish authorities to deal with the delimitation of the exclusive economic zones and the continental shelf .