Paris expects ‘actions,’ not phrases, from Turkey, French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian mentioned 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 want actions,” Le Drian advised Le Grand Jury program, concurrently broadcast by RTL, Le Figaro, and LCI.
Earlier this week, Erdogan insisted that he desires “stronger cooperation with our European buddies and allies” amid a cooldown in relations between Brussels and Ankara over an entire vary of worldwide points. The EU is very 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 may be simply executed within the japanese Mediterranean, in Libya. There are additionally some that may be simply executed in Nagorno-Karabakh,” the FM mentioned.
“We have now quite a lot of disagreements” with Ankara, he mentioned, accusing Turkey of “expansionist” insurance policies in addition to performing 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 mentioned EU leaders agreed final month to guage Turkey’s conduct and decide on doable sanctions in opposition to the nation throughout a European Council assembly in December.
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