Germany ready to promote EU sanctions against Turkey

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Berlin has pledged to implement any targeted sanctions approved by the EU over Turkey’s illegal energy drilling operations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, Cypriot Defence Minister Savvas Angelides said.

Germany’s Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said her country will assume initiatives at an EU level with a view to implementing the EU Summit decisions on Turkey.

Angelides met Kramp-Karrenbauer for talks on Wednesday.

While in Cyprus, Kramp-Karrenbauer also visited members of the German contingent of UN Peace Keeping Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) who travelled from Lebanon where they are stationed, to Limassol.

In statements after the meeting, Angelides said they discussed ways to further deepen and upgrade bilateral relations at the level of defence and security as well as the cooperation through the EU global strategy in the fields of defence and security.

Angelides briefed his German counterpart on the state of play in Cyprus after “Turkey’s escalating provocations” in the Cypriot EEZ and the consequences created by such behaviour.

“Apart from Germany’s solidarity with Cyprus, the German Minister said she will assume initiatives in the context of her responsibilities and on an EU level so that the EU Summit decisions will be implemented giving the right messages with regard to Turkey’s behaviour.”

Cyprus Defence Ministry statement said the two ministers discussed cooperation between the two countries in the context of joint programmes of the EU Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) with special emphasis on the programmes “Network of logistic Hubs in Europe and support to Operations” and “Military Mobility”.

“Kramp-Karrenbauer expressed her country’s full solidarity towards Cyprus, recalling the EU unanimous decisions for sanctions against Turkey, highlighting Cyprus’ strategic position and the role Cyprus could play in the implementation of the EU’s global strategy for security and stability in the region,” the Ministry said.

On June 20, the EU Summit voiced “serious concerns” over Turkey`s current illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and deplored that Turkey has not yet responded to the EU`s repeated calls to cease illegal drillings in the Cyprus EEZ.

EU leaders called on the EU External Action Service to submit options for appropriate measures without delay, including targeted measures.” (source CNA)