The Corsican agreement, in which the European South provides full support to Greece and Cyprus, has called on Turkey to comply with international law of the sea.
The Turkish leadership feels overwhelmed as it realizes that, if it does not comply, it is increasingly close to being sanctioned by the EU, which will be set at the September 24th and 25th summit.
Nevertheless, he insists on the hard line and the inflammatory rhetoric, even setting unimaginable “conditions” for the dialogue with Athens, which show that he is asking for it ostensibly.
Ankara has unofficially threatened to expand Navtex to Oruc Reis on September 12th. If it does, it will have responded in the negative to European calls for dialogue.
The next steps of Athens
The issue of sanctions against Turkey was raised at the Mitsotakis-Macron meeting on the sidelines of the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Corsica, which also marked the deepening of the Greece-France strategic partnership with a key point of mutual defense assistance. practically in involvement of the French forces if Greece is attacked, changing the correlations in the wider region.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce more in his speech in Thessaloniki.
EU-US support in Greece
Ankara has every reason to feel isolated as it “sees” that even countries that previously adhered to a logic of equal distances are reviewing.
“There is a message of support in Greece and Cyprus. “A message of solidarity, support, in the face of unilateral challenges, illegal drilling or threats to the sovereignty of a Member State,” said Emanuel Macron, following a meeting of European leaders in the South. In fact, with the “Pax Mediterranea” that he posted on twitter, he made it clear to Ankara that France “sees” the Mediterranean as a sea where only peace and stability will prevail.
A statement of solidarity also came from Italy, which has so far kept an equal distance, raising objections to the imposition of sanctions on Turkey. “The first thing is to express strong solidarity, a solidarity important to our Greek and Cypriot friends who are facing unilateral action by Turkey,” commented Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
In a teleconference between Sebastian Kurtz and Angela Merkel with European Council President Charles Michel, the Austrian Chancellor again called for a halt to EU accession talks with Turkey.
This negative climate for the neighboring country was further aggravated by the message of the American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who with his statements adopted the condition set by Athens. In other words, he called for the warships to leave the area first and then for talks to take place between the two sides.