Turkey open to talks but 'not threats or blackmail' from EU

Reuters  COSTAS BALTAS EU Council President Michel meets with Greek PM Mitsotakis in Athens

After the announcement by Turkey about conducting military exercises near its town Iskenderun, northeast of Cyprus, came to its prominence, Greece, involving Cyprus, France and Italy, agreed to deploy joint military presence with a framework of Quadripartite Cooperation Initiative (QUAD).

Erdogan said the European Union has been applying "double standards against us for a long time". He said, "among the options, the 27 member bloc considers employing if Turkey continues to enhance the security of any member".

Beaune said France believes that the European Union should stand ready to use all the tools at its disposal and of course to decide for sanctions if the developments are not positive.

Recently, speaking ahead of a summit meeting of EU Mediterranean states, Emmanuel Macron called on the continent to adopt a "united and clear voice" in relation to Turkey. The aim of it will be to discuss the appropriate action against Turkey. Both countries have claimed ownership over oil and gas deposits in waters off the shores of Crete and Cyprus. The dispute has ratcheted up military tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

This happened when Turkey dispatched a warship research vessel in part of the Mediterranean waters. Moreover, Greece and Turkey came closer to war in 1996 over two uninhabited islets in the Aegean Sea and have been fighting for decades over the extent of their respective territorial waters.

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Though tensions between the two nations came to ease off a little in the past few weeks. So happened when Turkey pulled back the research vessel, only for a time being. After which another drillship will be sent in an area that lies in the southeast of Cyprus. Therefore, in an attempt to protect her interests in the Mediterranean, Ankara signed a maritime delimitation agreement with the UN-recognised Libyan government in Tripoli aiming at changing the boundaries of the exclusive economic zones.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Greek ambassador because of the offensive headline of the Greek newspaper Democracy about President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

"Let's give diplomacy a chance, put forward a positive approach in diplomacy", Turkish President Erdogan tells Athens.

"As soon as the repairs and maintenance process is over, Oruc Reis will again return to its duties", Erdogan said. "Dassault Aviation is fully mobilized to meet the operational needs expressed by the Greek Air Force, and thus contribute to ensuring Greece's sovereignty and the safety of the Greek people", said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. But he clearly warned that in the meantime Greece should take any negative measures.

In a news release after Friday prayers, Erdogan stated: "We have no problem in meeting the Greek Prime Minister, but the most important question is what are we going to discuss and in which context we will be meeting?"

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