BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:35 P.M.) – French President Emmanuel Macron stated that he had taken a “tough stance” regarding Turkey’s actions in the eastern Mediterranean by placing “red lines” before them, saying that Ankara “only respects actions.”

“When it comes to sovereignty in the eastern Mediterranean, my words must be consistent with actions. I can inform you that the Turks do not understand and respect nothing but that,” the French President said on Friday.

“What France did this summer was important, and it is a policy related to setting a red line,” he added.

It should be noted that the tensions between France and Turkey has escalated in the past few months with Paris’ support for Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, in addition to Paris’ position on the Turkish role in Libya.

The European Union also announced that it is preparing to impose sanctions on Turkey in response to its actions in the region, and that the sanctions may be discussed during the next EU summit on September 24th.

Turkey has maintained that they are following international law, despite accusations from Greece about the infringement of their sovereignty by Ankara.

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Stern Daler
2020-08-29 07:21

In Juli the EU announced they will do a last attempt at negotiation to solve the problems but they did not say what can come after that. Erdoan has already announced he will not desist from his claims. When Germany took over the EU lead for the next 6 months, the Bundeswehr was contracted for future strategic planing. With its history Germany does not dare to make belligerent statements. But Erdogan should have read the German news. Now Macron’s statement doesn’t come totally unexpected. France can be blunt and has nukes. And IMHO his statement comes as EU’s official position.… Read more »

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2020-08-29 11:56

Borrell on the justification of sanctions: “the most pressing issue is that of the drilling and the presence of Turkish ships in the territorial waters of Greece and Cyprus- something that is dangerous.” Borrell, who chaired the meeting of EU Foreign ministers, iterated that the EU was ready to sanction Turkish vessels, block their access to EU ports and cut off supplies. The EU states could also impose sanctions on the Turkish economy. “We can go to measures related to sectoral activities … where the Turkish economy is related to the European economy,” Al Jazeera had reported in Juli that… Read more »

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Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-29 14:48

saying that Ankara “only respects actions.”

It will take more than a few sanctions.

“What France did this summer was important, and it is a policy related to setting a red line,”

So, it was France that demolished the Turkish air defences in Libya???
I can’t figure out anything else we can call “action”.

the sanctions may be discussed during the next EU summit on September 24th.

A bit more reactivity shall be considered…