The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, regretted this Wednesday that the European Union and Turkey are moving away due to the open crisis in the Mediterranean Sea caused by Turkish oil exploration in waters of which Greece and Cyprus claim jurisdiction.
During the speech on the State of the Union at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels, the conservative German pointed out that Cyprus and Greece can always count on “total solidarity” from Europe when protecting their sovereignty.
“Turkey is and will remain an important neighbor. But while we are very close on the map, the distance between us seems to be growing,” the executive of the community assured MPs in the part of her speech dealing with foreign affairs concerned the EU.
Although he stressed that Turkey is an actor operating in a troubled region and currently taking in millions of refugees, Von der Leyen has insisted that nothing justifies “his attempts to intimidate his neighbors”.