France wants sanctions for Turkey because of military threats against Greece
ATHENS, (BM) – The French Foreign Minister seems to be accusing Erdogan as he puts pressure on the European Council to impose measures on Turkey, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Greek news agency Pentapostagma.
“The extent of the measures to be taken against Turkey” is expected to be the main topic of European Council discussions later this month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today as Ankara continued its provocative attitude towards in Greece and Cyprus.
He said that he and his counterparts from other EU countries have discussed this issue, while the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has mentioned the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ankara, but so far the Paris has failed to persuade other countries in the bloc to adopt the same strict stance.
Lendrian called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to start talks on his plans for the Eastern Mediterranean from now until the European Council convenes on September 24th and 25th.
“It is up to the Turks to show that this issue can be discussed. If this is done, we can create a virtuous circle for all the problems at the table,” Lendrian told France Inter radio.
While refusing to specify the type of sanctions that Ankara may face, the French minister said that “there is a whole series of measures”.
“We have a lot of options and he knows it,” he said, referring to Erdogan. As it turns out, France is waging a road race to persuade other countries to support Greece by imposing sanctions on Ankara.
Unlike EU officials who say the goal is not sanctions but dialogue between Greece and Turkey – even without de-escalation from Ankara – France talks about discussing the “scope” of sanctions, as their imposition after Erdogan’s provocations is something that the European Union should take for granted.
France and Greece agree on fighters and frigates deal, Paris sends aircraft carrier
As we reported on September 1 the negotiations between Greece and France are in progress. Belharra and Rafale will come as a “package” to Greece, while Paris and Athens are preparing other agreements.
The data formatted according to information is as follows: the Greek government seeks to proceed with a brave increase in armaments spending by implementing the above two programs as well as smaller individual but equally necessary and necessary while the same period is expected to sign the pre-agreement of the Greek-French defense cooperation.
Sources underline in DefenseReview.gr and Ioannis Nikitas, that the agreement will include many issues such as large-scale and at regular intervals Greek-French aeronautical gymnasiums in the Aegean and the Mediterranean, mooring and air service of French fighter jets in the air, assistance, the armaments mentioned above together with intermediate solutions, cooperation in the defense industry as well as cooperation in energy issues.
Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is ready
At a time when Ankara is pulling the strings of challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean, the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” is ready to sail in this area, as the first Pentapostagma in Greece wrote. Its mission, according to the French media, is unspecified and the number of ships and submarines that accompany it is unspecified.
At the same time, both in the foreground and in the background, the message is sent that the “hot” episode is not a Greek pursuit, but on the other hand, the signal sent to the Turkish side is that it must not make wrong calculations.
“The answer will be overwhelming,” military sources say. “It will be huge in size. We are not going for a few charges “, the same sources add.
Another message that Greece sends to the allied countries is that they should slowly show which way they are. France has already taken a clear position on the side of our country. “We are not going to wash the laundry of all those who have interests in the area. It’s time for a clean slate,” say top sources.
For their part, the Greek Armed Forces maintain the “red” alarm and continue with intense activity in the field of joint training. In fact, the joint exercises with the Armed Forces of the Emirates will start on Monday. The exercises will be conducted at a great geographical depth and will even focus on the region of Libya.
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