Turkey requires talks as EU mulls sanctions

Ankara, December 7

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for negotiations over energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean, days ahead of an European Union (EU) summit that could impose sanctions on Turkey.

EU leaders are meeting on Thursday in Brussels and will address Turkish missions to explore gas reserves in waters claimed by EU members Greece and Cyprus. “We believe we can solve the problems of the eastern Mediterranean by not excluding each other but by bringing all the actors together around the same table,” Erdogan said in a video message to a university forum on the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a region fraught with tensions this year between rivals Greece and Turkey. However, he said Turkey would “not accept plans and maps that aim to confine us to the shores of Antalya”, a reference to the maritime boundaries that Turkey says other countries are seeking to impose on it. — Agencies

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