Merkel: “European leaders will examine the future of relations with Turkey”

November 21, 2020 at 3:15 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that European leaders will discuss the future of relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU) at the upcoming December summit.

In a press conference following the meeting of EU leaders that took place via video conference on Thursday, Merkel revealed that the meeting focused mainly on the coronavirus crisis and discussions on the EU budget.

Responding to a question about the recent tensions between Turkey, Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, Merkel stated that conference participants prefer to wait for further developments in the next two weeks before discussing any possible sanctions.

The German official added: “We agreed in advance to discuss the question of Turkey at our next summit, scheduled for December 10.”

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She continued, “Of course, we must watch events in the meantime and make a decision later. Nothing can be said at this time.”

The chancellor indicated that most recent events were unlike anything they expected to see in the region.

Greece and the Cypriot administration are pushing for sanctions to be imposed on Turkey over disputes Mediterranean maritime Eastern European Union, but most members of the European Union have so far been reluctant to take this step.

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