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Facing EU sanctions threat, Erdogan calls for dialogue once more

Ahead of a European Council summit in which EU leaders will discuss sanctions on Ankara this week over energy prospecting activities in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated calls for dialogue, urging bloc members not be swayed by Greek and Cypriot agendas.
European Council President Charles Michel speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (on screen) as he attends a video conference with representatives of EU member states ahead of the upcoming EU summit, in Brussels, on December 3, 2020. - The summit will take place on December 10, 2020. (Photo by François WALSCHAERTS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS WALSCHAERTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

ISTANBUL — As EU leaders prepare to weigh possible sanctions on Turkey in a European Council summit this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday urged EU officials not be swayed by some member states’ efforts to punish Ankara over ongoing energy and territorial disputes in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Reiterating calls for dialogue, Erdogan warned EU leaders to avoid the “strategic blindness” of the Greek and Greek Cypriot lobbies, which are calling for an arms embargo and financial sanctions on Turkey, among other punitive measures, for its energy prospecting activities in contested waters bordering the three nations.

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