France calls for clear European position on relationship with Turkey

  The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called on the European Union to adopt a clear position on the relationship with Turkey, during the meeting scheduled for next Monday.

Le Drian said that on Monday, a foreign affairs meeting will be held in the European Union "where we will address the relationship between the Union and Turkey in particular and in its entirety, not only in view of the recent developments in the Libyan file, but also the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean."

For its part, the European People's Party in the European Parliament condemned the Turkish aggression against the rights of other parties in the Mediterranean.

The Party's leader stressed the need for the European Union to defend both Cyprus and Greece.

He added that the necessary measures must be taken against Turkey by pressuring it through sanctions, or by deploying the European Union's Eastern Mediterranean naval forces, in case Ankara continues to violate the sovereignty of Cyprus and Greece.

On Wednesday, the Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades called on the European Union to take more decisive measures to deter the Turkish expansionist policy in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Cypriot president criticized Ankara's insistence to continue illegal excavations in the region, noting that Turkey "seeks to control the entire eastern Mediterranean."

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