Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The French Minister of State for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, revealed that the European Union may impose economic sanctions targeting some sectors in Turkey because of its “hostile” positions on European borders.

In an interview with Europe 1 and Les Echoes radio on Sunday, Beaune said that “the imposition of sanctions on some economic sectors is possible”, expressing his regret over the “hostile Islamism” by Turkey at the gates of Europe.

He said that “all options are on the table,” including individual sanctions, referring to those that have been taken against some Turkish officials due to the disputed gas exploration in the Mediterranean, and he made clear, however, that he does not believe that abolishing the customs union between Brussels and Ankara is the best option.

Bonn continued, “We were given an opportunity at the recent European summit for Turkey, which sent small signs of appeasement … And now it has chosen once again the path of provocation and systematic aggression … We will certainly go further.”

He stressed that “France is not alone in front of Turkey,” adding: “Today there are no illusions in any European country about what Mr. Erdogan and his regime are.”

The European Union has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey because of its “unacceptable provocations” in the eastern Mediterranean, due to the exploration operations it carried out in waters that Brussels considers belonging to Greece and Cyprus.

This comes at a time when relations between Turkey and France are experiencing severe tension due to several issues, including disputes over the eastern Mediterranean, the conflict in Karabakh and the issue of offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Source: RT, Le Figaro

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Hayton
Hayton
2020-11-16 02:41

Erdogan makes enemies like a craftsman, doesn’t he? So far that’s France, Greece, Egypt, and Cyprus lined up against him (Armenia has dropped out, retired hurt). Backing him we have Azerbaijan and – er, well, that’s it – maybe also Libya. America, Britain and Germany are maintaining a studied neutrality. Russia is lukewarm, largely because Russian forces rely on Turkey’s co-operation to keep bases in Syria supplied.

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2020-11-16 13:01
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The use of Bosporus is an international treaty that can not be cut by Turkey. Not in peace anyway. Germans have economic interests but military goods and technology not prepaid (like big items such as u-boats) are under export ban for several years. US and UK continue a century old maritime geo-strategic game. That is why Karabach was not recognized by the West as an independent state – in spite that it qualified as an independent Soviet oblast. Backing him: Azeri, Qatari, MB HAMAS of Gaza, Libyan GNA and he has military relations and stations in Sudan, North West Africa… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-16 18:56
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Sudan is no more friendly since al-Bashir is gone. If EU teams with Russia, half of US foreign policy falls apart, US would have to follow EU interests.

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Stern Daler
2020-11-18 06:49
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

EU has common interests with Russia. But small states like NL, Poland etc. are US quisling currently. They all fear a strong Germany or Russian influence for historical reasons.

Same with France about Germany.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-16 13:27
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“Today there are no illusions in any European country about what Mr. Erdogan and his regime are.”

Don’t count on any German “studied neutrality” any more.

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Stern Daler
2020-11-18 06:55
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Germany started to shun military exports to Turkey long ago. When Turkish crews used and lost their Leo2A4 in the Syrian war they had not received updates like Greek Leo.

So Germany is not neutral about Turkey’s military machine.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-16 13:30
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largely because Russian forces rely on Turkey’s co-operation to keep bases in Syria supplied.

They don’t! And considering Turkey’s DM having published maps of landgrabbing in Bulgaria+Greece, both would likely help Russia if the Turks try to blockade the Bosphorus (which would be a casus belli on Russia)

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Stern Daler
2020-11-18 06:59
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Russia is the traditional leader and protector of the Orthodox.
While the maritime powers used and betrayed them.
Turkey cannot revoke the treaty of Montreux.

Human
Human
2020-11-16 19:53
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A worldwide coalition to exterminate UNHUMAN GENOCIDALS would solve many World problems

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-17 05:26
Reply to  Human

You’re too extreme : the Erdorgans can be re-used for transplants and the remainders to feed our pigs.

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Stern Daler
2020-11-16 13:05

Turkish mainstream Ottomanism and pan Turanism is supremacist and Fascist.
There will be no change in Turkish mentality after Erdogan. EU must take full measures ASAP – this includes cutting toll union with Turkey.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-16 19:04
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This is obvious, but with Merkel playing her Chamberlain as usual, we have a hard time at having our tuning fork heard without the German amplifier…

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2020-11-18 07:36
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Mon Coeur, Germany with its history cannot play the war monger like France. And Germany is not France – that sees its old Muslim concubines seduced and abducted to the Sultan’s harem. 😛 Appeasement policy gave the Allies the time to start preparing war. We know that Hitler was determined to incorporate the Czech Republic, while France and Great Britain were not prepared for a new war in 1938. It was not appeasement that created a chance for Hitler but the stupidity and greed o the Versailles treaty. p.s. IMHO Merkel is waiting and maneuvering till the Sultan has made… Read more »