The Turkish International Ministry mentioned on Thursday that the French president’s vital feedback on the standoff within the japanese Mediterranean are an indication “of his personal weak spot and despair.”

Macron “has once more made an conceited… assertion,” the ministry in Ankara mentioned after the French president urged European leaders earlier within the day to face as much as Turkey’s “unacceptable provocations.” He hosted an emergency summit in Corsica with seven leaders of EU international locations that border the Mediterranean Sea at a time when Ankara seeks to develop its vitality assets and affect within the japanese Mediterranean.

The assembly got here amid fears of an open battle with Turkey stemming from tensions over offshore oil and fuel drilling. Ankara has already lashed out at France and the EU for siding with Greece and Cyprus within the dispute.

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Forward of the Med-7 Summit, Macron mentioned that “Turkey is not a companion within the Mediterranean area.” He made it clear that the assembly was summoned to make clear “purple strains” if a “fruitful dialogue” with Turkey was to restart.

The EU states ought to keep away from an escalation, however that doesn’t imply they need to be passive in disputes with Ankara, Macron mentioned. “We have to be powerful with the Turkish authorities and never with the Turkish individuals who deserve greater than the Erdogan authorities,” the French chief was quoted as saying. “All unilateral actions of Turkey, such because the Turkish-Libyan memorandum, with out respecting the rights of Greece, are unacceptable.”

Other than the International Ministry in Ankara, Turkey’s ruling celebration didn’t depart Macron’s feedback unnoticed both, accusing him of extending his nation’s “lengthy historical past of colonialism.” Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Growth (AK) Social gathering, described the French chief’s assertion as an “previous and immoral sport” of colonialists. “They supplied a false present of affection to take advantage of the individuals, however focused patriotic leaders,” he tweeted.

Ankara has repeatedly mentioned that it’s sending out its drill ships to probe for vitality on its continental shelf within the Mediterranean, claiming that each Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus have rights within the area.

It was no accident that the Med-7 Summit occurred in Corsica, because the island is a French stronghold within the Mediterranean. Macron on Thursday didn’t point out any particular actions he needs European member states to take towards Turkey’s strikes.

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