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JUNE 2021

France Pushes For EU Sanctions On Turkey Over Mediterranean Gas Row

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

France’s leading efforts to push for European sanctions on fellow NATO member Turkey has picked up steam, with Paris expected to propose the punitive action next month with the backing of Greece and Cyprus, but so far with lack of enthusiasm from other EU governments.

It comes after the months-long standoff in the Eastern Mediterranean over Turkish hydrocarbon exploration and drilling, which France says is a violation of Cyprus and Greece’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zones.

According to Reuters, “Paris says Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has not heeded EU leaders’ warnings on Oct. 1 to back down in a dispute over gas exploration in the Mediterranean or face consequences.”

France Pushes For EU Sanctions On Turkey Over Mediterranean Gas Row
Turkish frigate Gaziantep escorts a drilling ship in the eastern Mediterranean near Cyprus. Turkish Defense Ministry/AFP

The European Parliament on Thursday is expected to call for sanctions, decrying Erdogan’s visit earlier this month to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the island of Cyprus,” Reuters continues.

It’s expected that the French sanctions would target shipping, banking, and energy sectors – all vital to Turkey’s oil and gas exploration initiatives.

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian issued a bit of an ultimatum at a French parliamentary hearing this week: “Confrontation or collaboration, it’s up to them,” he said.

But one unnamed EU diplomat cited in Reuters underscored that “Turkey is a key partner in many areas, so there’s no consensus in the Council (of EU governments). It is still too early” – which suggests a likely uphill battle before any European sanctions actually become a reality.

France Pushes For EU Sanctions On Turkey Over Mediterranean Gas Row
Via CNN

France in the past months has gone so far as to join naval and aerial exercises with the Greek and Cypriot militaries in the Mediterranean as a “warning” to Turkey. However, Erdogan has appeared undeterred.

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Potato Man

He learned something from Trump LMFAO but can he do it…
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JIMI JAMES

France has a serious jealousy complex that dates back in history,They don’t run Cyprus nor Greece:

verner

and is the main party denying turkey membership in the european union. erdogan knows this and that’s why he demands immediate accession to the club in exchange of certain behavioural corrections in the east med. france’s role in the club would be seriously reduced if turkey is made a full member (after 30 years or so) and that we can’t have, says the inferiority ridden fleainfested france!!

SnowCatzor

You need to do more than just sanction them, you limp-wristed little twit. If the inept leadership of Europe had any balls they’d be threatening war until the Turks end their occupation of northern Cyprus.

New leadership is sorely needed in Europe, one that isn’t globalist and pussified.

Mustafa Mehmet

Northern Cyprus liberated from Greek eoka bastardo.. get your facts right Charlie

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