Macron threatens Turkey with sanctions over violations against Libya & Greece

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PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday demanded EU sanctions against Turkey for “violations” of Greek and Cypriot waters and said the European Union should act over the crisis in Libya.

Macron’s comments came after Turkey’s navy on Tuesday issued an advisory for seismic surveys in an area of sea between Cyprus and Crete, a move Greece said was an attempt by Ankara to encroach on its continental shelf.

“I stand fully behind Cyprus and Greece in the face of the Turkish violations of their sovereignty. It is unacceptable that the maritime space of [EU] member states be violated and threatened,” Macron told reporters alongside his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades.

“Those who are doing that must be sanctioned.”

He said it would be a “serious mistake” for the EU to not respond.

Macron has also criticized Turkey for months over Ankara’s role in Libya, and on Thursday said the EU should now push for sanctions. He did not identify nations or people that should be penalized for their involvement in the North African country’s conflict.

“It [sanctions] is necessary to obtain a ceasefire and begin a real dynamic towards a political solution to the Libyan conflict,” he said.

Macron called for a summit in France bringing together the European Union countries bordering the Mediterranean, “Euro Med 7”, at the end of next August, to discuss the latest developments in the region.

The Euro Med 7 include France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.


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