Ankara, Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that “reasonable countries” in the European Union had thwarted efforts against Turkey at a summit this week and the next meeting of EU leaders in March would not yield results that hurt Turkey.
EU leaders agreed on Thursday to prepare limited sanctions on Turkish individuals over an energy exploration dispute with Greece and Cyprus, postponing any harsher steps until March as countries sparred over how to handle Turkey.
“Our rights must be granted. There are now many rights that EU member states must grant Turkey,” Erdogan told reporters. “Reasonable countries in the EU thwarted this game by showing a positive stance,” he added, referring to Greek, French and Greek Cypriots demands to sanction Turkey.
Mitsotakis: Turkey must give up ‘provocative behavior’ or be hit with sanctions
EU leaders have sent a strict warning to Turkey over its drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Friday, adding that the country is certain to face sanctions unless it gives up its “provocative behavior.”
Mitsotakis was speaking during a press conference after the bloc’s leaders agreed on Thursday to prepare limited sanctions on Turkish individuals over an energy exploration dispute with Greece and Greek Cyprus, postponing any harsher steps until March.
“Sanctions [against Turkey] are not an end in itself,” Mitsotakis said, however adding that the EU will respond with penalties “if Turkey insists on continuing with this provocative behavior.”
“Turkey is expected to change its ways and it has been understood that Europe is moving, if at its own pace, it is united, it supports Greece and Greek Cyprus, it is present,” he said.