Published: Fri, September 18, 2020

France backs Turkey sanctions as an option

France backs Turkey sanctions as an option

After thanking Slovenian Foreign Minister Ange Logar for his country's aid towards the migrant crisis, Dendias said "We had the opportunity to discuss the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the movements and Turkish policies that undermine regional stability, both in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Libya, Syria and Iraq".

"Dassault Aviation is fully mobilized to meet the operational needs expressed by the Greek Air Force, and thus contribute to ensuring Greece's sovereignty and the safety of the Greek people", said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also said Wednesday that Athens is prepared to enter talks with Ankara over marine zone limits and, if these prove futile, to seek arbitration from an worldwide court.

Turkey, Greece and Cyprus have been locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights and maritime borders in the region, with Ankara infuriating the European Union allies by sending research ships with naval escorts to work in contested waters.

Tensions between the two countries were reignited when Turkey sent its Oruc Reis research vessel to disputed waters near a Greek island on 10 August. "That is why we have chose to call a summit on relations with Turkey", Michel told reporters after meeting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Although Ankara claimed that the ship needed routine maintenance, Erdogan said on Friday that the suspension of exploration activities in the disputed Eastern Mediterranean would help promote diplomacy with Turkey's longtime rival.

Cavusoglu told an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk that Oruc Reis' maintenance may take "a few weeks", according to the energy ministry.

However, he was quick to add that Turkey's work in the region was not finished.

"The EU also calls for a similar decisions as concerns Cyprus", said a spokesperson for the bloc's diplomatic chief Josep Borrell.

Officials from both sides are holding technical talks at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to avoid military accidents between their navies, after a minor collision of warships last month.

The Turkish navy on Tuesday also announced the extension of the Yavuz drill ship's stay in contested waters until October 12.

Greece has said that they can only move ahead with talks if Ankara stops its threats.

European Union leaders will look for ways to defuse tensions at the summit on September 24-25.

Turkey says dialogue about fairly sharing resources will be a win-win for all sides. It has vowed vowed do defend its rightful claims to the regions energy reserves, as well as those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

The government has always been at loggerheads with Turkey, which began drilling for oil and gas near Cyprus a year ago.

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