ATHENS (Reuters) – The European Union need to impose ‘meaningful’ sanctions on Turkey unless of course Ankara pulls its maritime belongings from disputed locations in the japanese Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated in an belief piece released on Thursday.
Greece and Turkey are in dispute over sea boundaries in the region, in the hottest manifestation of decades of friction in between the two NATO allies. Turkey has dispatched a survey vessel in an region each international locations claim is their own.
“We do have to have dialogue, but not when held at gunpoint. What threatens my country’s stability and security threatens the perfectly-becoming and protection of all EU member states,” Mitsotakis explained in an write-up printed in the London Times, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and France’s Le Monde newspapers.
This month, EU leaders are expected to specify their response to Turkey. If Turkey does not withdraw its property, ‘meaningful sanctions’ ought to be imposed, the Greek prime minister wrote.
“If Europe wishes to exercising legitimate geopolitical ability, it simply just are not able to manage to appease a belligerent Turkey,” Mitsotakis stated.
Turkey, he said, continue to experienced time to avoid sanctions and ‘take a action back’.
“They really should stand down, return to the table, and decide on up from the place they remaining off when they stop exploratory talks in 2016. And if we are not able to concur, then we should request resolution at the Hague,” he mentioned, referring to the global court for sovereign disputes.
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the European Union’s strained marriage with Turkey afterwards Thursday with Mitsotakis.
Equally are attending a ‘MED7’ summit on the French island of Corsica along with the leaders of Portugal, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Malta.