EU considers its options to stop Turkey's moves in Mediterranean

"The situation in Libya is bad and violations of the arms embargo are continuing," European Union Commissioner for External Relations Josep Borrell said Monday after a meeting of foreign ministers of the bloc countries.

Borrell added that the European Union calls on Turkey to "respect pledges under the Berlin Conference on Lib

Borrell revealed that he held "lengthy and interesting consultations with the European ministers on Turkey," stressing that "Turkey must respect European values ​​and interests for better relations" between the two parties.

He considered that "the unilateral moves of Turkey in the Mediterranean are contrary to the sovereignty of states," adding: "We invite Turkey to participate actively in order to reach a political solution in Libya."

He stressed that Turkey should respect the arms embargo imposed on Libya.

He expressed the European Union's readiness to "take measures to stop Turkish actions in the Mediterranean," adding: "We have several options to respond to Turkish moves in the eastern Mediterranean ... There are proposals to impose sanctions on Turkey to stop its actions in the Mediterranean."

He continued, "We decided to prepare a number of options to respond to Turkish politics in the Mediterranean."

Borrell also considered that "the Berlin track is the only framework for solving the Libyan crisis," adding: "We continue to call on the parties in Libya to comply with the Berlin framework."

He recalled that the European Union’s relations with Turkey were strained due to its “actions in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya,” adding: “Turkey should contribute to advancing efforts to bring peace to Turkey.”

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