France sees possible Turkey sanctions at special EU meeting

France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that European Union foreign ministers would meet on July 13 to discuss Turkish drilling efforts in the eastern Mediterranean and said new sanctions on Ankara could be considered, Reuters reported.

“At our request, there will be a meeting of EU foreign ministers on July 13 solely on the Turkish question,” Reuters cited Jean-Yves Le Drian as saying.

Turkey's deployment of vessels to search for oil and gas off Cyprus has stoked tensions in the region, where a number of countries are vying for the rights to hydrocarbon resources - prompting the EU to hit Ankara with sanctions in February.

“Sanctions have already been taken on Turkey by the EU over Turkey’s drilling in the Cyprus economic zone. Other sanctions may be envisaged,” Le Drian said.