Paris awaits “actions” from Turkey before the December European Council that will 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 seen reassuring statements from President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, we need acts,” he stressed on the program “Le Grand Jury RTL, Le Figaro, LCI”, while the Turkish leader asked on Saturday to the European Union the dialogue.
On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the European Union for dialogue, in the context of escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, where he expanded the mission of an oil and gas exploration vessel.
Turkey extended the Oruc Reis mission on Saturday until November 29, in a maritime area that disputes with Greece, the discovery of vast gas fields whetting the appetite.
The presence of this vessel has been increasing tensions with the EU for several months, which this month renewed sanctions against Ankara for a year and plans to tighten them. Tensions and disputes have increased in recent months between the EU and Turkey.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of French products after President Emmanuel Macron expressed support for the right to caricature in the name of freedom of expression, following the Oct. 16 beheading by an Islamist of a French teacher who had shown his students caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. .
In the same speech, he said that Turkey wanted “to actively use its long-standing and close alliance relations with the United States to find a solution to regional and global problems.”
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