0 $
2,500 $
5,000 $
520 $
MAY 2021

EU Approves Sanctions On Turkey, As Trump Administration Expected To Do The Same

Support SouthFront

EU Approves Sanctions On Turkey, As Trump Administration Expected To Do The Same

Click to see full-size image

On December 10th, European leaders at an EU summit approved sanctions on Turkey, over its drilling in the Mediterranean Sea.

During a videoconference on December 7th, EU foreign ministers concluded Ankara had aggravated existing tensions in the eastern Mediterranean since the October summit.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who chaired the meeting, expressed disappointment at the lack of progress regarding ongoing regional disputes.

“We have not seen a fundamental change of direction in Turkey’s behavior,” Borrell said Monday. “On the contrary, in several aspects the situation has worsened.”

According to a draft statement seen by Reuters, the sanctions will be imposed on individuals and companies linked to gas drilling activities near Greece and Cyprus that have raised regional tensions over the last year.

The sanctions would expand on a 2019 framework through which the European Union can impose sanctions on people, companies or organizations linked to energy-prospecting activities in contested areas.

In a little hand-slap action, back in February 2020, EU officials approved travel bans and asset freezes for two Turkish officials — the vice president and a deputy director of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation.

Back in October, the leaders offered “a positive political EU-Turkey agenda” to Ankara, including trade and customs benefits and the prospect of more funds to help Turkey manage Syrian refugees on its territory if it halts its “illegal activities” in the eastern Mediterranean.

However, now, they decided to show some backbone.

EU’s Foreign Ministers unanimously agreed that Turkey’s behaviour has not improved. After chairing their videoconference on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said “in several aspects, the situation has worsened”.

“The stakes are very precise, very clear: the credibility of the European Union,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told reporters. He recalled that the leaders said in October that there would be consequences if Turkey “continued its delinquent behaviour”.

“So now, it will be seen whether, as Europe, we are really credible in what we ourselves have agreed to,” Mitsotakis said.

Currently, Greece, France and Cyprus push for tougher sanctions, with others being allegedly more moderate.

“France will keep a clear position,” said French President Emmanuel Macron, ahead of the summit. “We must be coherent with the decisions and our demands to Turkey from last October, draw the consequences and we must defend sovereignty and stability of EU states, in particular in the eastern Mediterranean but also the whole region.”

On the day before, December 9th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off the threat of sanctions and accused the EU, which Turkey is a candidate to join although its membership talks are blocked, of acting “dishonestly” and failing to keep its promises.

“The EU has never acted honestly. It has never kept its promises,” Erdogan said, adding, “Any sanctions decisions that can be taken against Turkey do not concern us much.”

At the same time, on December 10th, it was reported that the Trump administration also planned to impose sanctions on Turkey in regard to the purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system.

The sanctions would target Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries and its head, Ismail Demir, several Reuters sources have said. Several sources said they were expecting the announcement on December 11th but one said it could come any day.

MORE ON THE TOPIC:

Support SouthFront

SouthFront

26 comments

  1. Lupus says:

    The more sanctions on Turkey, the better

    1. Zionism = EVIL says:

      Not really, the economy is dead in the water and if the US cuts Turkeys from global financial sector, it will collapse as it has no natural resources to fall back on.

      1. JIMI JAMES says:

        You lied about putin,that’s enough to put you two bit fascist pinks where you belong! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9964a7a134b7b2ecd74531a4da1456ab741e234619bba828c9bd6c1b16946147.jpg

  2. <> says:

    Stupid Europeans prefer to do dirty businesses with Iran, rather than supporting an important NATO member. Europeans would sell their own mothers and sisters for money, no honor. The Europeans should also start treating us Israelis with respect, without our intel European countries will have terror attacks on a daily basis. Stop supporting the Palis against us or you will pay for it.

    1. Zionism = EVIL says:

      Hush you stupid JewCUNT PUNK!

      1. Jens Holm says:

        You are only expert in ANALyses. So how much do You pay.

    2. Lupus says:

      There is hardly anything to respect in Israël

    3. Shia man says:

      Every time I read your comments I die laughing you really expect these gulf state Arabs which pay you for protection to fight your wars lol they themselves need someone to fight for them.

      1. Jens Holm says:

        They are not as stupid as You. They help each other.

        Go to something like “Blind one speak for the one, which cant speak”.

        I wil remind You USA denyed Saudis to suppport ISIS and others to not support Jihadists in Syria as well as Iraq.

        So they instead support second choise in Israel and Lebanon. None of them love shits.

        1. Shia man says:

          Your my second favorite account to laugh at
          It’s hard trying to figure out what you are trying to explain but I still enjoy your inarticulate posts.

          1. Jens Holm says:

            Much as You write with Your tail.

            Even small children know it. If they ask for something and its a no, they oftn go somewhere else and try to get what they think they need.

            Its nomy fault You have so many friends, so they can do that.

    4. Jens Holm says:

      It seemes You dont understand the reasons for Nato was a strong USSR. We also as EU hoped they would join us and be their own in Our way. We hva enot seen that by AKP amd hats about within 15 years.

      Your version doing business with Iran is a no fact checking. More then half of the Turkish foreig trade is with EU. We also are/was big in Tourisme.

      So its babling non sense, we do a lot of business with Iran compared to that. EU do trade with most people in the world. Thats what the Western Econimics are. And yes, we do use it as chocolate and slapping as well.

      Ypu are very arabic in this: You are not born with respect as You learn. Where I live, we deserve honpor and resåect for, what we do or dont.

      Israel has too many “donts”

      Intel is both ways and You partly get Ours as well by Nato and mainy USA. Here You forget, that You by old traditions also make parts of the agressions by Yurself and we get more then smoke from that.

    5. William D says:

      Your intel is the least you could do considering the armies of other nations will be doing the fighting for you if needed. Intel is your best investment.
      Stop supporting Palis? We didn’t give you land so you could turn around and treat Palis like Hitler treated you.

  3. Potato Man says:

    Now we have to see what Turkey gonna play…
    “EU summit approved sanctions on Turkey, over its drilling in the Mediterranean Sea.”
    Not gonna change much…US sanction tired hard to stop Nord-Stream 2 and they still doing their job, yes it Russia but still, there would be other companies to take the job in Turkey.

    “The sanctions would target Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries and its head, Ismail Demir, several Reuters sources have said.”
    It would slow them down (From buying parts) which I would image they knew was gonna happen…and that is IF US sanction them.

  4. Zionism = EVIL says:

    It is high time the Turkeys are cut down to size. A total arms embargo should be the next logical step. It is very easy to isolate Turkey as it is hated by all its neighbors.

    1. gypsygreek says:

      Go cheer for your brothers for more embargoes crypto-JewCUNT PUNK!

    2. occupybacon says:

      Brobably not from Britain point of view :)

  5. white.male says:

    good move but its just beggining ,trust me ….Turds will end up with rice and waoter on their plates ;)

    1. Jens Holm says:

      Kurds eat Turks:)

      1. JIMI JAMES says:

        Kurds eat turds,more fkn well like it:

  6. JIMI JAMES says:

    Cia/frankfurt/nwo hopes taken a severe blow as their failed 21st century policys linger to oblivion:

    So their noses outta joint.
    “The AMAN-2021 exercise will unite vessels of Pakistan’s and Russia’s
    navies, the US Navy, the UK’s Royal Navy, the Chinese Navy, Japan’s
    Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Turkish Naval Forces, the Philippines’
    Navy, the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indonesian
    Navy,” the Black Sea Fleet told reporters:

    Like I said,not future in fascim nor their lgbtq aspirated accords:

  7. Blas de Lezo says:

    Erdougan should steamroll over PKK-YPG-SDF terrorist areas in North East Syria and show who’s boss.

  8. Mustafa Mehmet says:

    Fake news no sanctions on Türkiye. only French frogs and Austria.. Greece and Greek Cypriot community leader Nico Superman. push for sanction rest of EU countries went against it…. So no sanctions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *