Two of the EU’s top officials yesterday urged Turkish president Erdogan to seek better relations with Greece and Cyprus. Turkey has consistently taken an aggressive tone towards both with several officials, including Erdogan, using threatening language as if they were a mob.
European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU’s leadership expressed concerns about Turkish actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it is “indispensable” for Turkey to improve its relationship with Greece and Cyprus.
Erdogan described as a big mistake the exclusion of Turkey from a broadening EU. He avoided commenting on issues relating to Greece, noting on Cyprus that Turkish Cypriots should have equal rights.
Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos repeated Greece’s stance in comments to Sto Kokkino FM. “What is important for us is for all policies and diplomatic pressure to be used on Turkey so that its behavior no longer provokes problems in the broader region,” he said.
The EU summit is taking place in the Bulgarian coastal city of Varna and will conclude later on this week.