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EU Spokesperson on Turkey: “Everything Is on the Table”

November 30, 2020

BRUSSELS — The member-states' leaders will decide which direction they will move in regarding Turkey at the December summit, European Commission spokesperson for foreign policy issues Peter Stano said at a press briefing on Monday, adding that "everything is on the table."

"We have started working on the positive agenda and the necessary preparation and also on the Eastern Mediterranean Conference, but we continue to monitor the situation, the actions of Turkey," Stano stressed, adding that the European Council will re-evaluate the directions to be taken in terms of relations with Turkey.

In addition, Stano noted that nothing has changed in terms of the timetable, which means that the leaders of the EU and the EU member-states will meet at the next European Council in December and again examine whether Turkey has met the expectations. He added that their expectations were in favour of de-escalation and a commitment to a constructive dialogue.

The review will not take place in the context of one announcement or one action, but on the basis of actions, announcements and behaviour over a specific period, he said and added: "As I said, the timeframe is clear and this is the December summit."

(ANA-MPA/E. Zarkadoula)

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