BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) – In the dispute over natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, the EU is initially relying on diplomatic initiatives and not on new sanctions against Turkey. On Friday evening, after consultations with the EU foreign ministers, EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell once again called on Ankara to de-escalate immediately and to resume dialogue with the EU states Greece and Cyprus. Accordingly, further punitive measures should only be imposed if the tensions do not subside. Consultations on relations with Turkey are planned again in just under two weeks at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Berlin.
Before the start of the video conference, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that the EU Foreign Ministers would be Chancellor Angela Merkel During a phone call on Thursday I advertised talks between the conflicting parties after the Turkish explorations were completed on 23 August. Turkey agreed to this.
“We are committed to ensuring that there is a direct dialogue between those involved, which helps us to find a solution to this issue,” said Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on the German position. “The provocations that are taking place there cannot continue – not even the Turkish drilling.” / Aha / DP / he