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European Parliament Calls on Turkey to End Unilateral Activities

September 17, 2020

BRUSSELS — Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution at a Brussels voting session on Thursday which calls on Turkey to immediately end any further illegal exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

It also calls on Greece's neighboring country to refrain from violating Greek airspace and Greek and Cypriot territorial waters and stop its "nationalistic warmongering rhetoric," reads the MEPs' statement.

The resolution comes ahead of a Special European Council meeting on September 24-25 on Turkey's activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, and also urges sanctions against Turkey over its energy research in disputed waters there, unless the country shows "sincere cooperation and concrete progress" in easing tensions with Greece and Cyprus.

European Union governments should "stand ready to develop a list of further restrictive measures in the absence of any significant progress in engaging with Turkey," the EU Parliament said, adding that "such measures should be sectorial and targeted."

Thursday's resolution was approved by six of the EU Parliament's seven political groups, from the center-right Christian democrats, conservatives and reformists to the leftist Greens and former communists.

In February, the EU imposed asset freezes and travel bans on two employees of Turkish Petroleum Corp. in response to Turkey’s natural-gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.

 

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