France warns Turkey of European Union sanctions over 'provocations'

Turkey will give Greece, Cyprus response, Erdogan - Politics - ANSAMed

"We are forced to note that there are permanent acts of provocation on the part of Turkey which are not bearable, and therefore we really wish that Turkey clarifies its positions and returns to a spirit of dialogue", he said.

Two weeks after their last summit where leaders discussed economic sanctions, the European Union has so far failed to persuade Ankara to stop exploring in waters disputed by Greece and Cyprus.

According to the official, Turkey was not surprised that the European Union viewed its determination as provocative, adding that the bloc's attitude did not encourage a positivity between Turkey and the European Union and that its language was far from honest and constructive.

Following a proposal by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to European Council President Charles Michel, Friday's agenda will include Turkey's latest aggressive behavior and the EU's stance.

During his speech, Erdogan also rebuffed global criticism over Turkey's move to open the beachfront of Cyprus' fenced-off suburb of Varosha in divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

This was preceded by Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy claiming that Greece's actions, specifically its "pirate agreement with Egypt" on the creation of an exclusive economic zone (EEZ), violated Ankara's own continental shelf rights and "demonstrated that it was not sincere and honest about dialogue".

Heiko Maas, the foreign minister of Germany, which has been mediating between Athens and Ankara in a bid to east the tensions, criticized Turkey on Tuesday for taking "unilateral steps" in the eastern Mediterranean which he said were undercutting efforts to deescalate tensions.

Greece accused Turkey on Thursday of deliberately holding up a government aircraft carrying its foreign minister Nikos Dendias home from Iraq, leaving it circling for 20 minutes before granting it permission to cross Turkish airspace.

"The plane in question took off from Iraq without presenting a flight plan".

Bilateral tensions escalated in August, when the Greek Foreign Ministry urged Turkey to immediately stop its "illegal" drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, warning that Athens will defend itself if necessary.

"It is one more provocation in a series of provocations from the Turkish side", Petsas told reporters, adding, "but we will remain on the fact that various explanations were given by the Turkish side, and we hope this phenomenon, and this event, will never be repeated again in the future".

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