Weber: EU must increase pressure on Turkey over Greece, Cyprus


The European Union and its member-states must “vigorously defend” Cyprus and Greece against Turkish aggression by “increasing sanction pressure or by deploying EU naval forces” in the Eastern Mediterranean, if Turkey does not stop violating Cypriot and Greek sovereignty, the head of the EPP Group said on Thursday.

“Turkey is an important partner for Europe, but Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy, the illegal drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus, the violations of Greek airspace and it’s attacks on the Greek border are not examples of a constructive partnership,” Manfred Weber said at n EPP party meeting in the European Parliament.

“On the contrary, the Turkish government’s actions are currently aggravating tensions in the Mediterranean region, putting stability and security in Europe in danger. We must be prepared to do more to protect ourselves against Turkish aggression on our southern borders”, he added.