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Turkey warns Borrell that if the EU adopts new sanctions, it will respond with further action in the Mediterranean

July 6, 2020

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu on Monday warned EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, that if the EU “continues to be held hostage by Greece” and Turkey and “Cyprus hosted”, Turkey will respond with “more measures” in the Eastern Mediterranean, and Cyprus and adopt new ones Sanctions against Ankara.

“Do not opt ​​for further sanctions, because if this happens, Turkey can take steps in the Mediterranean or other areas, but we do not want that. We prefer to improve cooperation with the EU and we expect the same from You, “Cavusoglu warned in a joint press conference with Borrell after the meeting in the Turkish capital.

During the press conference, the Turkish Foreign Minister combined thank-you messages to Borrell, who said he could play a role as a mediator in resolving conflicts that separate them from the EU, with harsh attacks on Member States such as Greece and Greece, which he accused of “taken the entire European bloc hostage” and “poisoned” the relationship between Turkey and the EU.

Turkey warns Borrell that if the EU adopts new sanctions, it will respond with further action in the MediterraneanTurkey warns Borrell that if the EU adopts new sanctions, it will respond with further action in the Mediterranean

Turkey has therefore asked the EU to hold an “open” dialogue on the issues that characterize the relationship between Ankara and Brussels, such as illegal Turkish oil exploration in Greek and Cypriot waters and the update of the 2016 Migration Agreement, but without it Condition one problem to another.