Borel: The European Union may impose sanctions on Turkish ships due to the East Mediterranean dispute


European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell during a press conference in Brussels on July 13, 2020. Reuters photo by a news agency representative

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union’s top diplomat said on Friday that the bloc is preparing sanctions against Turkey that could be discussed at the next bloc summit on Sept.24 as a way to respond to the conflict in the eastern Mediterranean with Greece.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the measures could include individuals, ships or the use of European ports, adding that the European Union would focus on everything related to “activities that we consider illegal”.

Tensions between Turkey and Greece escalated after Ankara sent a survey ship to a disputed region in the eastern Mediterranean this month, in a move Athens described as illegal.

Prepared by Ayman Saad Muslim for the Arabic Newsletter, edited by Lailian Wagdy


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