European Union states ought to have a extra unified place and keep away from escalating tensions with Turkey, French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Thursday.

“It’s as much as Turkey to make clear its intentions,” Macron mentioned in Corsica the place he’ll host seven Mediterranean littoral members of the EU for talks. They are going to embody the EU’s strained ties with Turkey.

Macron has repeatedly demanded additional EU sanctions towards Turkey. The 2 NATO allies nearly got here to blows in June after a French warship tried to examine a Turkish vessel as a part of a UN arms embargo on Libya.

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Final month, tensions between EU member states Greece and Turkey rose sharply after Ankara despatched a survey vessel to the territory over which each international locations declare jurisdiction. The vessel was to map out attainable oil and gasoline drilling within the space.

Ankara can be at loggerheads with Cyprus over exploration for hydrocarbons within the japanese Mediterranean.

The EU should impose “significant” sanctions on Turkey until Ankara pulls its maritime belongings from disputed areas within the japanese Mediterranean, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis mentioned on Thursday.

“We do want dialogue, however not when held at gunpoint,” he wrote in an opinion piece printed within the Instances, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Le Monde newspapers. “What threatens my nation’s safety and stability threatens the well-being and security of all EU member states.”

Athens plans to amass arms, enhance its armed forces and revamp its protection business, in line with the Greek authorities spokesman.

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