Charles Michel: The European Union decides to punish Turkey without closing the door to dialogue

Pergin Hassoun ـ

The President of the European Council announced, on Wednesday, that the European Union countries decided to punish Turkey without closing the door to dialogue with it.

This came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, expressed his hope to open a “new page” between his country and the European Union, as part of the first contact between the two sides since Brussels imposed sanctions on Ankara last week. .

The Turkish presidency revealed, in a statement, that at a time when Turkey wants to open a new page with the European Union, some are making unremitting efforts to provoke crises, as it puts it.

Erdogan also called for saving Turkish-European relations from what he called a vicious circle, expressing his desire to re-launch dialogue with the European Union by looking at the whole situation and on the basis of mutual interests, as he put it.

It is noteworthy that the leaders of the European Union decided during a summit in Brussels, last Thursday, to impose sanctions on Turkey because of its illegal and aggressive actions in the Mediterranean against Greece and Cyprus, especially the gas exploration operations carried out by Ankara in recent months in the eastern Mediterranean in marine areas. Sovereignty disputed with these two countries.

And days after these European sanctions, the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey, on Monday, for its purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.

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