Any potential economic sanctions the EU might impose on Turkey do not concern the country much, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, accusing the bloc of never acting “honestly” towards Ankara.
Speaking ahead of an EU leaders’ summit scheduled for Thursday, Erdogan said Ankara is not intimidated by threats of sanctions. At the same time, he signaled that Turkey was ready for negotiations in its spat with Greece over oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean – but shifted blame for lack of progress onto Athens.
Tensions between Turkey and the EU have soared in recent months over Ankara’s activities in Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara has been engaged in exploration of oil and gas resources in waters which are also claimed by Greece and Cyprus.