Saturday, December 4

Greece and Cyprus block the European summit for Turkey


Correspondent in Brussels

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A week later than expected due to a case of Covid-19 contagion among the escorts of the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the Heads of State or Government of the Twenty-seven met yesterday in an extraordinary session devoted to tensions in the Mediterranean between Turkey and two European states, Greece and Cyprus, with direct ramifications to the situation in Belarus. The atmosphere became rare in the first hours of the meeting precisely because Greece and Cyprus ask that explicitly mention sanctions against Turkey’s expansionist maneuvers in the dispute over oil and gas wealth in the Eastern Mediterranean area, but Germany, which holds the six-month presidency, still prefers to rely on the conciliation mechanism put in place by NATO. In recent months there have been moments of tension between the navies of Turkey and Greece, which France has clearly supported. To try to prevent things from getting worse, Michel had publicly asked the Turkish government the day before to be “constructive” in finding a solution to these tensions.

In recent weeks, Cyprus has been dedicated to vetoing decisions on sanctions against those responsible for Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarusian regime, precisely as a gesture of protest at the lack of a European response to Turkish threats, which in turn has caused irritation among governments of Eastern European countries.

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