EU leaders agreed on the evening from Thursday to Friday to increase sanctions in opposition to Turkey over unlawful fuel drilling within the Mediterranean Sea close to Greece and Cyprus. These two EU member states have been pushing for measures in opposition to Ankara for a while.
Thus far, the EU has imposed punitive measures in opposition to solely two officers of the Turkish state oil firm, reminiscent of an entry ban into the EU. The international ministers will compile an inventory of latest names of people and corporations.
The troublesome and politically delicate relationship of the EU with Turkey was mentioned at size on the summit in Brussels. Turkey is formally nonetheless a candidate nation for the EU, a NATO ally and an vital accomplice in managing refugee and migrant flows.
In latest months, Turkey has acted provocatively in the direction of the EU on a number of events. Greece put the military on alert final August over mounting tensions.
EU international chief Josep Borrell is requested to arrange a report on the state of political, financial and commerce relations between the EU and Turkey, and to supply choices on the way to proceed with the nation.