Middle East Crisis, Turkey Categorically Rejects any Kind of EU Sanctions

The EU has never treated us honestly, never stood by any promise: Tayyip Erdogan

Any European Union decision to sanction Turkey over its standoff with Greece is not a big concern, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, a day before EU leaders meet for a summit. Turkey, an EU candidate whose accession has been frozen over issues including its human rights record, is at odds with Greece over maritime and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

“Turkey does not care much about any sanctions decision to be made by the EU,” Erdogan said in a televised press conference at an Ankara airport before leaving for Azerbaijan.

Ankara has angered Greece and the rest of the EU by sending a survey ship and navy vessels to the disputed waters in defiance of calls to stop. It ordered the Oruc Reis ship back to port last month. Athens is now pressing for punitive sanctions against Turkey at the EU summit. France supports Greece’s call for sanctions but not all countries are convinced, with some fearing an influx of refugees from Turkish territory. Erdogan said “sincere and honest” leaders in the EU were not warm to the idea of sanctions, without naming them.

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