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EU Summit Resumes on Friday; Turkish Violations on the Table

October 16, 2020

BRUSSELS — The EU summit will resume on Friday with the focus on foreign policy issues.

The leaders of the 27 member states will discuss the issue of Turkish violations following the latest developments, despite the fact that it was not on the agenda of the current European Council.

"Turkey remains consistent in its provocative and aggressive behavior. In this context, the EU must show the same consistency in the implementation of the decisions it has already taken, so that Turkey's behavior is met with the appropriate consequences," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.

France is firmly on Greece's side, with its President Emmanuel Macron stating that the issue of Turkey is returning to the table following the latest developments.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas called Ankara's behavior unacceptable.

Therefore, the European leaders are called upon to decide on their next steps.

The ultimatum given to the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expires in December, when practical answers must be given.

On Brexit, the 27 member states expressed their concern on Thursday because the progress made is not sufficient in order to reach an agreement.

On climate change, the proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 55 pct by 2030 has been on the table, but it seems the EU still has a long way to go.

(ANA-MPA/ E. Zarkadoula) 

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