Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a working dinner of EU leaders yesterday that it was “paradoxical” that the U.S. was preparing sanctions against Turkey but the European Union is not.
According to Politico, citing diplomatic sources, during his speech, Mitsotakis said it was “paradoxical” that “at a time when the United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Turkey, which is a member of NATO, the Council is sinking into anything but.
According to a Reuters report, citing four anonymous sources, the US is going to impose sanctions on Turkey for acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense system.
This was in reference to the sanctions EU leaders threatened Turkey if it continued its provocative actions against Greece and Cyprus.
“The stakes are very, very clear, the credibility of the European Union,” he said.
“At the October European Council, we decided that there would be consequences if Turkey continued its delinquent behavior,” the Greek leader added.
“And we agreed that the decision-making date would be this European Council. now, it will be seen if we as Europe really are credible in what we ourselves have agreed. Pacta sunt servanda,” he concluded.
Ultimately, the European Council agreed not to pass sanctions against Turkey despite constant violations against Greece’s and Cyprus’ sovereignty.