August 28, 2020

European Union plans to sanction Turkey as east Mediterranean crisis worsens

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The Gist

Top diplomat says the EU is setting up sanctions against Turkey over a territorial dispute with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

The List

  • J. Borrell, EU foreign-policy chief, said he is preparing penalties that are meant to limit Turkey's ability to explore natural gas in contested areas. 
  • Turkey and Greece are competing over rights to resources in the Mediterranean based on conflicting claims to continental shelves. 
  • Earlier this month Turkey dispatched the Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel in a disputed area, quickly worsening tensions.
  • According to J. Borrell, it is crucial now to "solve the question of the drillings and the presence of Turkish boats in Cyprus’s waters”.
  • J. Borrel claims the EU is ready to sanction Turkish vessels, cut off their supplies, and block their access to EU ports. 

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