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European Union threatens Turkey with sanctions

TBL web desk
The European Union today issues fresh warnings to Turkey over its its continued drilling for gas in the East Mediterranean, and its roles in regional conflicts. EU on Friday threatened impose sanctions on Turkey amid increasingly tense ties with Ankara.

“We want a positive and constructive relationship with Turkey, and this would also be very much in Ankara’s interest,” European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen said after a meeting of the EU leaders.

“But it will only work if the provocations and pressures stop. We, therefore, expect that Turkey from now on abstains from unilateral actions,” von der Leyen said.

“In case of such renewed actions by Ankara, the EU will use all its instruments and options available. We have a toolbox that we can apply immediately.”

The EU warning comes amid growing calls within the 27-nation bloc to take a tougher stance against Turkey over its aggressive actions in the East Mediterranean.

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