Turkey - Q&A from the press briefing (12 October 2020)


Q: What is France’s response to Ankara’s announcement of the imminent return of a Turkish survey ship to waters claimed by Greece in the eastern Mediterranean?

A: We are concerned by the announcement of Turkey’s new deployment of the seismic research ship Oruç Reis off the Greek islands of Castellorizo and Rhodes. On 1 October, the European Council clearly called on Turkey to refrain from unilateral actions that go against the European Union’s interests and violate international law and the sovereign rights of EU Member States. We expect Turkey to honour its commitments, refrain from new provocations and provide concrete guarantees of its desire to talk in good faith.