Europe prepares measures against Turkey

Turkey and EU

Turkey and EU

In light of Turkey’s ongoing provocations against Greece and Cyprus in the Aegean, diplomatic sources on Friday said the EU is preparing a series of measures against Turkey.

According to the sources, all EU member states on Friday reached consensus on a draft text on measures against Turkey for drilling in Cyprus waters and will include freezing funds.

The draft measures among other text says that the EU will freeze high-level meetings with Turkey and cut off preliminary accession funds to the country.

The final draft notes that the European Commission and the European External Action Service will continue to work on options for so-called targeted measures, in the light of Turkey’s ongoing drilling operations in Cyprus’ EEZ.

The text is expected to receive the final approval of the national envoys in Brussels on Monday morning, then be taken to the EU Council of Foreign Ministers on the same day.