Turkey rejected the European Union’s threat to impose sanctions on it due to its activity in gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as “unconstructive” behavior, stressing that it maintains its will and determination to push forward the EU accession process and solve the outstanding problems through negotiations.
And European Union leaders warned – Friday morning – Turkey that Brussels may impose sanctions on it, if it does not stop exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean.
In response, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that continuing to use the language of sanctions is not constructive, and that the European Union must now understand that it will reach nothing through this type of rhetoric.
The ministry added that the EU statement showed how some countries “wanted to develop relations” with Turkey, but it was also an example of how Greece and Cyprus “took relations between the European Union and Turkey hostage.”
Turkey also called on the European Union to encourage dialogue between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriots in the northern third of the island, to establish a mechanism to coordinate hydrocarbon activities.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry statement indicated that besides some positive articles contained in the decisions of the European Union summit regarding Turkey, there is also a large part of these articles separate from reality.
The EU summit statement offered Turkey the possibility of strengthening ties and improving trade if Ankara commits itself to “continuing the dialogue in good faith and refraining from unilateral actions.”
Tensions in the energy-rich eastern Mediterranean have eased since Ankara and Athens agreed to hold talks last month.
The two North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) neighbors staged war maneuvers in contested waters and escalated the rhetoric in August.