Brussels, Belgium – Threatening statements about Turkey from the first day of the EU summit in Brussels drew attention. EU officials have warned that Turkey could face sanctions if its actions in the Eastern Mediterranean continue
Leaders of EU countries met in Brussels yesterday to discuss a busy agenda. The main agenda items of the summit were the political crisis in Belarus, eastern Mediterranean tensions and the events in Nagorno-Karabakh, while the leaders held the meeting until later in the night on the first day of the two-day summit.
As the meeting ended, Charles Michel, president of the Council of the European Union, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, faced the cameras. The two made important statements to the press about Turkey.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who first mentioned that sanctions options are on the table, said: “We want to establish a positive and constructive relationship with Turkey. We believe that this is also in Ankara’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,” he said.
Speaking after Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel said the two weeks after the summit were critical for Turkey.
Charles Michel, President of the Council of the European Union.
“We have a double strategy. December’s summit will bring the issue of Turkey back up to the agenda, ” Michel said. We want to give political dialogue a chance. On the other hand, we expressed our values and our commitment to support Greece and the GCA. If Turkey wants to enter a more positive agenda with us, we are ready to have a more positive agenda with Turkey,” he said.
On the other hand, at a special EU summit in Brussels, an agreement was reached to impose sanctions on about 40 Belarusians when Southern Cyprus lifted its veto, which included the sanction requirement for Turkey.