EU To discuss Sanctions Against Turkey Over Syria Offensive
The EU’s summit next week will discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions on Turkey in connection with the country’s military in Syria, said Secretary of State to French and European Affairs Minister Amélie de Montchalin on Friday.
She said this on the air of France Inter radio station, answering the question about the possibility of EU sanctions against Ankara because of the Syrian operation. In response to a clarifying question from the journalist about the real prospects of such measures, she emphasized that this option is “being considered”.
She also noted that there are « shocking conditions for civilians » in the north of Syria.
The EU Summit will be held in Brussels on October 17-18.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on October 9 announced start of the Turkish military operation in Syria. According to him, the purpose of this operation is to fight against Kurdish militants and terrorists from the IS group in the border areas in northeast Syria.
The operation involves the Turkish armed forces, as well as the Syrian National Army, supported by Ankara. According to the plan, the main task is to create a 480 km long and 32 km deep zone from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border, free of militants in Syrian territory.