Europe Is Ready to Impose Sanctions against Turkey for « Aggressive Islamism »
French Minister for European Affairs Clément Beaune said on Europe 1 that the European authorities are tired of constant provocations from Turkey and are considering sanctions against entire sectors of the Turkish economy.
The French minister explained that Europe is not satisfied with Turkey’s current position on seismic surveys and drilling near the Greek island of Kastelorizo in the Eastern Mediterranean.
In addition, France is extremely dissatisfied with the statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the murder of the history teacher. At the time, Mr. Erdogan not only took personal abuse of the French President Emmanuel Macron, but also called for a boycott of French goods. Finally, the joint military operation between Turkey and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh was also a source of dissatisfaction for the European authorities.
The EU has already imposed personal sanctions on two Turkish individuals responsible for starting drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean and extended them until November 2021. However, according to Mr. Beaune, it is already clear that this is not enough.
« Personal sanctions have already been imposed, but they have not been effective, <…> And we are preparing all possible options for the European Council summit in December. We gave them a chance at the last summit in October and saw some signs of appeasement. <…> But then everything changed back and we see again constant provocations and aggression from Turkey.
With this in mind, the European Council is ready to introduce both additional personal sanctions against Turkish officials and sanctions against specific sectors of the Turkish economy.
Mr Bon also noted that if France has to send warships back to the Mediterranean to stop Turkey’s illegal activities, as it has this year, it will do so.
« For 10-15 years, we thought that Turkey is a friendly Christian democracy in the East, seeking a modernization that will only accelerate, » said the Minister.
He noted that Turkey, in his opinion, is « aggressive Islamism in culture, geopolitics and all other spheres. We have once again seen this recently by the example of Nagorno-Karabakh, and I think no one should have naive doubts. <…> No European country today has any illusions about what Mr Erdogan and his regime are ».