EU leaders approve sanctions on Turkish officials over gas drilling

BRUSSELS – Leaders of the European Union have agreed to impose sanctions on an unspecified number of Turkish officials and entities involved in gas drilling in Cypriot-claimed waters.

The decision reached by the EU council after hours of heated debate disappointed France, Cyprus and Greece, which had pressed for more urgent and substantive action to express EU disapproval of Turkish foreign policy.

The names of those facing sanctions will be published in the next few weeks by the EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell. He has also agreed to prepare proposals on a broader approach to Turkey by March, giving the EU time to consult US President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team.