‘Soothing statements’ by Erdogan gained’t be sufficient for Turkey to keep away from EU sanctions, French FM warns

Paris expects ‘actions,’ not phrases, from Turkey, French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated forward of the essential European Council assembly subsequent month the place sanctions in opposition to Ankara could also be adopted.

“Soothing statements that we’ve heard from President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan over the previous two or three days aren’t sufficient, we’d like actions,” Le Drian instructed Le Grand Jury program, concurrently broadcast by RTL, Le Figaro, and LCI.

Earlier this week, Erdogan insisted that he needs “stronger cooperation with our European associates and allies” amid a cooldown in relations between Brussels and Ankara over a complete vary of worldwide points. The EU is particularly sad about Turkey’s involvement within the combating in Libya, its assist of Azerbaijan within the Nagorno-Karabakh battle, and Ankara’s aggressive rivalry for maritime jurisdiction and vitality exploration rights within the Mediterranean with Greece and Cyprus.

Amongst these “actions” anticipated from Turkey by France, “some might be simply executed within the japanese Mediterranean, in Libya. There are additionally some that may be simply executed in Nagorno-Karabakh,” the FM stated.

“Now we have a number of disagreements” with Ankara, he stated, accusing Turkey of “expansionist” insurance policies in addition to appearing in violation of worldwide norms in Libya, Iraq, the japanese Mediterranean, and Nagorno-Karabakh, “the place they deployed Syrian mercenaries.”

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Le Drian stated EU leaders agreed final month to judge Turkey’s habits and decide on attainable sanctions in opposition to the nation throughout a European Council assembly in December.

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