Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned on Monday that the European Union is unlikely to impose sanctions on Ankara over its territorial claims within the jap Mediterranean Sea.

The EU has made it clear it totally helps its member states Greece and Cyprus within the dispute with Turkey. Officers in Brussels have warned they’re drawing up potential sanctions if dialogue doesn’t start, amid a standoff over maritime areas regarded as wealthy in pure fuel. Cavusoglu once more mentioned his nation was open to talks with out pre-conditions.

“France, Greece, and the Greek Cypriots need sanctions. The bloc might decide on September 24-25 to impose sanctions, which I don’t count on, however may additionally happen. Comparable issues have occurred up to now,” Cavusoglu mentioned in an interview on NTV Turkey.

He additionally mentioned that Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel working within the Japanese Mediterranean had returned house to replenish provides and for upkeep. Nevertheless, the minister added that the return of the Oruc Reis survey ship didn’t imply a change in Turkey’s exploration coverage within the area. Two different drillships are persevering with to hold out their mission within the space.

The seven EU members with Mediterranean coastlines gathered for a summit in Corsica, France, final week to debate the difficulty. They reiterated their “full assist and solidarity with Cyprus and Greece within the face of the repeated infringements on their sovereignty…in addition to confrontational actions by Turkey.” They warned that “within the absence of progress in participating Turkey right into a dialogue, and until it ends its unilateral actions, the EU is able to develop an inventory of additional restrictive measures.”



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Turkey additionally mentioned on Monday that america wanted to return to a impartial stance on Cyprus. The assertion got here after Washington and Nicosia signed a memorandum of understanding to create a coaching middle on border safety.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned earlier this month that the US would carry a 33-year arms embargo on Cyprus and deepen its safety cooperation with Nicosia. On Saturday, he visited the island and mentioned that Washington remained “deeply involved” about Turkey’s actions within the Japanese Mediterranean.

“The memorandum of understanding won’t serve peace and stability within the Japanese Mediterranean, and can harm the answer of the Cyprus drawback,” Turkey’s International Ministry mentioned.

The island was cut up in a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a quick Greek-inspired coup. The internationally acknowledged Greek Cypriot authorities represents the entire of Cyprus within the EU. North Cyprus is a Turkish Cypriot state acknowledged solely by Ankara. 

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