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Greece’s FM appeals on EU counterparts for a sanctions list against Turkey

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias appealed to his European counterparts for the creation of a list of potential sanctions to be imposed on Turkey if necessary.

“We don’t want them to be imposed now on Turkey, but to be there so it is clear what will happen if Ankara returns to the logic of illegal acts,” Dendias said during a joint press conference in Prague with his Czech counterpart Tomas Petricek on Friday,

Dendias added that he and Petricek had asked for greater protection of the European Union’s external borders following the migration crisis in Evros in March.

On Saturday, the Greek Foreign Minister had a phone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

They two reportedly discussed the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and progress towards creating a mechanism to de-escalate tension between NATO allies Greece and Turkey.

Greek and Turkish military officers will meet again next week with NATO Military Comittee Chairman Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach.

Greece has intensified its diplomatic efforts on international level ahead of the EU Summit next week where Turkey will be high on the agenda of the European leaders.

Meanwhile Turkey has extended its NAVTEX for survey vessels Barbaros in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus until mid-October.

Brussels has repeatedly threatened Turkey with sanctions if it does not refrain from actions the violate the sovereignty and sovereign rights of EU members Greece and Cyprus.

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