EU foreign ministers met face-to-face on Monday to talk about deteriorating relations with Turkey as well as the bloc’s concerns within the newest security legislation in Hong Kong.
The talks marked the very first meeting in Brussels for the first time because coronavirus lockdown restrictions are raised in Belgium.
Greece’s foreign ministry is pushing to get a list of potential sanctions from Ankara, for”breaking up the rights of Greece and Cyprus,” more than energy exploration from the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey has sent boats to drill for gas in a place of the Mediterranean in which Cyprus says it’s exclusive rights.
Ministers tasked Brussels with coming up with a method to reduce tensions with Turkey.
There was wide support for Borrell to”research additional avenues that may contribute to reducing tensions and attain understanding on topics which are increasingly stressing that the connections between Turkey and the European Union.”
Borrell added he would prepare choices on”further appropriate measures that may be obtained in response to the challenges we’re facing because of Turkish activities”.
It had been agreed that Borrell will include a listing of targeted measures against Turkey in August, which could be triggered just in the event Turkey abuses Greece’s sovereign rights.
“There has been a wide consensus to create after we asked for this, a listing with additional steps, so sanctions that will permit the EU to react effectively if Turkey goes with its offensive/violating behavior,” said Nikos Dendias, Greece’s foreign ministry, following the assembly.
Turkey also says the EU’s naval operations at the Eastern Mediterranean sea have been hindering the aid of the UN-endorsed government of national accord in Tripoli that has obtained army backing out of Ankara.
The EU says it intends to maintain the arms embargo to stop weapons putting into Libya in an attempt to halt additional violence.
Additionally, there was complete condemnation across all EU nations of Ankara’s decision to flip the iconic Istanbul Hagia Sophia back into a mosque along with a petition to reconsider this choice.
‘Coordinated strategy’ to Hong Kong
The EU is also working on a”coordinated strategy” into China’s new security legislation in Hong Kong.
Borrell said following a meeting of foreign ministers that it might incorporate a mixture of activities in EU and Member country level.
Details remain obscure, but the diplomatic message has been apparent.
“Our concept in this circumstance is two-fold. To the folks in Hong Kong, the aid of the EU for its freedom and basic liberty, We’ll continue to stand by the people of Hong Kong. And also to China, the concept is that the current activities alter the rules, this may necessitate a revision of our strategy and will have an effect on our relations,” Borrell told reporters after the assembly.
Sweden has joined France and Germany in calling for a more powerful reaction to Beijing.
Steps proposed by France and Germany include: stretching the EU’s export ban on items that might be used for torture or repressive policing, such as rubber bullets, providing activists long-term refugee status in the EU, and enabling more Hong Kong pupils to research in Europe.