European Council President Charles Michel made a new strong recommendation to Ankara to end unilateral actions and provocations, in an interview on LN24’s morning show. Leaders of EU member states on Thursday condemned Ankara’s provocations and rhetoric, calling his moves “totally unacceptable”. EU leaders will consider “before the end of the year whether positive developments have taken place,” said Charles Michel.
He stressed that in order to “improve the EU’s relations” with Turkey, Ankara must change its behavior. “France calls for EU sanctions against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron, accused of” Islamophobia “for defending the right to who was killed by a jihadist for showing such sketches to his students.
“We condemn (Turkey’s) recent unilateral actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the provocations and (its) rhetoric, which are totally unacceptable,” Charles Michel said in a brief speech after the press conference which focused on the presentation of European measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Michel stressed that the EU was ready for a “dialogue” with a “positive agenda”, but said that would only happen if Turkey “does not take unilateral and provocative action”. “If Ankara continues its illegal activities, we will use all the tools at our disposal”, warned the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The commission has been tasked with proposing financial sanctions and they are ready to be “used immediately”, he said.
Regarding the coronavirus pandemic, a few hours after the teleconference of the leaders of the Member States, the President of the European Council expressed the hope that a vaccine will be available at the end of 2020, the start of the new year.