Ankara, Turkey – According to recent reports, Turkey is hot on the re-establishment of the diplomatic table established in the Aegean and Mediterranean crisis at the beginning of the summer, but disbanded by Greece. It is expected that this table will be established and first contacts will be held by the EU summit on September 24-25.
The crisis between Turkey and Greece, which began on the basis of the Eastern Mediterranean, has been temporarily suspended by the “maintenance” of Oruç Reis, while Turkey does not look cold to sit at the table for a diplomatic solution. Germany’s efforts to mediate on this issue continue, and high-level talks may resume in the lower-level process. It was learned that Germany has taken initiatives on this issue, and the Turkish side has given a message that “we will sit at the table for a just solution without provoking it.”
“Greece and the EU countries should not waste the chance on diplomacy, they should take reciprocal steps,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on a TV show he attended yesterday.
July-June-July, but distributed by Greece, Turkey is considering the possibility of restoring the diplomatic table, according to the information obtained. It is also expected that this table will be established and first contacts will be held by the EU summit on September 24-25.
It is noted that Germany’s long-standing mediation efforts have recently increased, and it wants the process “not to be further stretched”, especially with negotiations with France. It is stated that the German authorities are also conducting contacts with the Turkish side, planning a Turkey-Greece meeting at the lower level in the first place and at the higher level if necessary in the continuation.
Ankara also did not look negatively at this table, but it was learned that “we will sit at the table for a fair solution without incitement.” Ankara, which is concerned that Greece has been “brought to the filling” by France, also said that “they should sit at the table without prejudice, without preconditions.”
Clear stance on France
Ankara has made clear its position on a table where France will not be involved in the process, while keeping only the table with Greece on its agenda. Germany has also made attempts to draw the Greek side to the table, and if the process develops positively, the talks can be held in Berlin as before.
Will sanctions come out?
At the EU summit at the end of this month, Greece-southern Cyprus and France are expected to raise some sanctions against Turkey, while Germany’s initiatives also assess that these sanctions will not be out of the question. Ankara does not expect these sanctions, which have been expressed in various periods, to pass through the EU, while it is noted that Turkey will accelerate its work in the Eastern Mediterranean if the sanctions decision is adopted.
Asked about the possibility of sanctions, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said: “I don’t expect a sanctions decision, but it can be. Similar things have happened in the past. We have decided not to stop migrants going to Europe, and this decision is still valid,” he said.
The table was scattered
June-July Turkey and Greece met, brokered by Germany. Ibrahim Kalin, the Presidential Spokesman appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as Foreign Ministry and military officials held talks with their interlocutors. The delegations agreed on 3 basic titles. Turkey and Greece agreed in early August to “start mutual exploratory talks”, “start political talks and accelerate” and “resume meetings that increase the declaration of trust between the soldiers” to end the Eastern Mediterranean crisis, while during the preparations for the August 7 meeting, where the joint statement of intent will be announced, Greece signed a maritime authorization agreement with Egypt on August 6 and broke the table. As the talks continued, Turkey made a “gesture” by postponing sending Oruç Reis to the region at the request of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. After the collapse of the table, Turkey declared Navtex and sent Oruç Reis to the region.