Greece desires ‘crippling’ EU sanctions in opposition to Turkey

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Greece desires the EU to organize “crippling” financial sanctions in opposition to Turkey, if the latter proceeds with the deliberate unlawful drilling actions off Greek islands, the nation’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias stated Tuesday.
“The European Union is Turkey’s biggest trading partner,” Dendias informed personal Star TV, including that ”if it desires, it will probably create an enormous drawback for the Turkish financial system. That’s not my want … however we should be clear.”
He added that if Greece is attacked by Turkey, Athens will invoke a piece of the 2009 Treaty on European Union that obliges member states to supply support and help to a different EU nation going through armed aggression.
Dendia’s feedback adopted the primary assembly of the bloc’s Foreign Affairs Ministers on Monday, since Ankara determined to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia again right into a mosque.
During their in-person assembly, the ministers debated on a number of Turkey-related fronts, from the nation’s intervention in Libya’s civil battle, to the unlawful drilling actions within the Greek and Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) within the Eastern Mediterranean.
While the Greek FM is pushing for sanctions in opposition to Ankara for the violation of sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus, for the Commission, imposing sanctions is “in principle” not on the desk.
It was agreed that Borrell will discover “further appropriate measures that could be taken in response to the challenges we are facing as a result of Turkish actions,” with the concrete checklist anticipated in August.

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