Berlin, Germany – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been urged to lower the pressure after threats of sanctions were made against Turkey at an EU summit. “We have made it clear that the rights of Greece and Southern Cyprus must be respected, but we must have constructive relations with Turkey,” Merkel said.
Meeting with an intense agenda, such as the political crisis in Belarus, eastern Mediterranean tensions and the events in Nagorno-Karabakh, EU leaders continue to make statements on the second day of the summit.
After statements by European Union Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen targeting Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turn came.
In front of the press, Merkel, unlike Michel and Von der Leyen, used more moderate statements. “We want to negotiate the EU-Turkey agreement. We have made it clear that the rights of Greece and Southern Cyprus must be respected, but we must have constructive relations with Turkey. We want to do everything to have a positive agenda between the EU and Turkey,” she said.
Merkel also said that the sanctions imposed by the EU on Belarus are an important message to those who stand in the way of democracy.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that sanctions options are on the table, “we want to establish a positive and constructive relationship with Turkey. We believe that this is also in Turkey’s interest. Only when provocations and pressures stop can this happen. Therefore, we expect Turkey to abandon unilateral actions. If these movements are repeated by Turkey, the EU will use all available tools and options,” she said.