ATHENS – Meeting on Turkey on the sidelines of the summit?

According to SKAI TV, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel, EU Commission chief Von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the ongoing developments regarding Turkey.

Mitsotakis wanted to put the Turkey issue on the agenda of the EU Council but due to the complex negotiations over the Recovery Fund, this is no longer an option.

Speaking at the European People’s Party (EPP) yesterday (16 July), the Greek leader stressed that the EU top diplomat, Josep Borrell, should urgently come up with a list of potential sanctions in case that Ankara violates Greece’s sovereignty or sovereign rights.

EURACTIV was informed that at least four member states are reluctant to impose sanctions against Turkey. One of them is Germany, which holds the rotating EU Council presidency, as it has to focus on matters such as how to handle the pandemic as well as Brexit.

Italy also wants to keep a low profile on the matter, while Spain and Hungary expressed similar reluctance.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos, EURACTIV.com)

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