EU ministers to discuss tensions with Turkey
19 de septiembre de 2020, 0:30Brussels, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) will talk on Monday about the tensions with Turkey, as a result of its hydrocarbon exploration activities in a maritime zone disputed with Greece.
The high representative for Foreign Policy of the regional bloc Josep Borrell will head the meeting, and although the current situation is complex, the approval of sanctions is not yet scheduled.
Athens and Ankara have a tense dispute for sovereignty over the air from the coast of the Turkish city of Antalia to the Greek island of Kastellorizo, which worsened in the summer when Turkey began drilling to explore natural gas in the area.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists that those waters are part of his country's territory, and recently announced a further extension of prospecting activities.
On several occasions, the Greek government has asked the EU for a steadfast stance that includes sanctions, but so far the community group continues to opt for mediation with the purpose of leading the sides to a dialogue.
According to sources from the regional bloc, there are certain ideas on the table to put more pressure on Turkey and bring it to dialogue, and for now there should be no decision on specific sanctions.
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