Paris expects ‘actions,’ not phrases, from Turkey, French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated forward of the essential European Council assembly subsequent month the place sanctions towards Ankara could also be adopted.
“Soothing statements that we’ve heard from President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan over the previous two or three days aren’t sufficient, we want actions,” Le Drian advised Le Grand Jury program, concurrently broadcast by RTL, Le Figaro, and LCI.
Earlier this week, Erdogan insisted that he desires “stronger cooperation with our European pals and allies” amid a cooldown in relations between Brussels and Ankara over an entire vary of worldwide points. The EU is particularly sad about Turkey’s involvement within the preventing in Libya, its assist of Azerbaijan within the Nagorno-Karabakh battle, and Ankara’s aggressive rivalry for maritime jurisdiction and power exploration rights within the Mediterranean with Greece and Cyprus.
Amongst these “actions” anticipated from Turkey by France, “some could be simply finished within the jap Mediterranean, in Libya. There are additionally some that may be simply finished in Nagorno-Karabakh,” the FM stated.
“Now we have a variety of disagreements” with Ankara, he stated, accusing Turkey of “expansionist” insurance policies in addition to performing in violation of worldwide norms in Libya, Iraq, the jap Mediterranean, and Nagorno-Karabakh, “the place they deployed Syrian mercenaries.”
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Le Drian stated EU leaders agreed final month to guage Turkey’s conduct and decide on potential sanctions towards the nation throughout a European Council assembly in December.
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