Paris expects concrete “acts” from Turkey before next month’s European Council to address the issue of new sanctions against Ankara, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday.
“It is not enough that for two or three days we have witnessed reassuring statements by President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, we need acts,” he stressed in a journalistic program on radio and television, while on Saturday the Turkish leader requested a dialogue with the European Union.
Among these acts that we hope, “there are some simple ones to do in the eastern Mediterranean, in Libya, or also in Nagorno Karabakh,” he said.
“We have many disagreements” with Turkey, stressed the French Foreign Minister, citing, for example, Ankara’s “expansionist will”, a “de ‘facto’ policy” applied in Libya, Iraq and the eastern Mediterranean, “where they actually attack to two EU member countries, Greece and Cyprus, “or” in Nagorno Karabakh, where Syrian mercenaries have been sent. “
“The European Union announced in October that it would verify Turkey’s position on these various issues during the December European Council, in a few days. That is where we will check its commitments,” he concluded.
Turkey continues to prospect for hydrocarbons in a maritime zone disputed with Greece.
However, on Saturday in a speech at a congress of his party, the AKP, Erdogan expressed his desire for “greater cooperation with our European friends and allies”, since the construction of the destiny of his country is inseparable from Europe.