Turkey will never yield to threats, says FM on European Council conclusions

Turkey expects the European Union to deliver concrete, impartial recommendations and will never yield to a language of threats, Turkish Foreign Ministy Spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement on Friday.

The European Council “deplores renewed unilateral and provocative actions by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, including recent exploratory activities,” it said in the conclusions from the Oct. 15-16 summit. The council also said it underlined “the importance of the status of Varosha,” reiterating “full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus.”

Turkey has stated that it “has been in favour of de-escalation and dialogue and demonstrated its good faith by responding positively to calls to this end, and emphasized that we expected now reciprocal steps in order to achieve concrete results,” Aksoy said.

The spokesman said what the EU called a provocation was Turkey defending the rights of Turkish Cypriots, and that the bloc had ignored Turkey’s theses “once more,” with its “usual judgmental and prejudiced posture.”

Aksoy said demands by Greece and Cyprus were “irrational and spoiled,” and that the EU had surrendered to them unconditionally.

The EU has been considering whether to sanction Turkey over its military activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as its continued exploration for hydrocarbons on what is internationally recognised as Greek and Cypriot territorial waters.