Turkey Threatens To Take Action Against EU Over New Sanctions


France’s Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian said last week EU ministers would discuss Turkey on July 13 and said new sanctions on Ankara could be considered in addition to steps taken over Turkey’s drilling in the Cyprus economic zone.

This as prompt Turkey responding to the new sanctions about to be put in place. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday after meeting the EU’s top diplomat, “If the EU takes additional decisions against Turkey, we will have to respond to this”.

As relations severely deteriorated between the bloc and Ankara, the European Union imposed a travel ban and asset freezes on two people in February for their role in Turkey’s drilling in Cyprus maritime economic zone off the divided island.

Cavusoglu berated the EU for failing to fulfill promises and linking issues such as the Cyprus dispute and a 2016 migrant deal. He said Turkey will not allow itself to be held hostage by Greece and Cyprus and called on the EU to be an “honest broker”.

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