Brussels, Belgium – EU expects unilateral de-escalation from Turkey, while Greece gears up its violations and provocations in Eastern Mediterranean.
Greece has openly violated international laws, Lausanne Treaty 1923, Paris Treaty 1947 and armed large and small islands in the Aegean Sea against Turkey. The EU, a Christian Union, has yet to take a stand against these illegal actions of Greece.
The message, the expectations, the timeline and the consequences of not acting towards a de-escalation of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean were “made clear” to Turkey, both via the informal Foreign Affairs Council last week in Berlin and in the telephone call on Monday between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, according to EU foreign policy spokesman Peter Stano.
“The EU was very clear in its solidarity with Greece and the GCA and very clear as to what it expects from Turkey so that we can defuse and de-escalate the situation,” Stano told a press briefing in Brussels on Tuesday, noting that there is a great deal of non-public activity that is geared towards that goal.
“We hope our Turkish friends and partners will take this into account and start to act accordingly, so that we don’t have to follow the alternative path of restrictive measures,” he added.
Schinas says Turkey has ‘one final chance’
The European Union has reiterated a threat of more sanctions against Turkey over its energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.
European Commission Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas said that European leaders were “looking for a way to give Turkey one final chance” ahead of the European Council on September 24-25 where a list of further restrictive measures could be discussed.
“No one can blackmail or intimidate the EU with threats and cries,” he said.