Turkey criticizes France’s threat of sanctions


ANKARA Turkey cannot be threatened by sanctions, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, criticizing a statement by French President Emmanuel Macron.

“President Macron’s statements have no value for our country,” said Hami Aksoy, and threats “will have no result. ”

His comments came after Macron demanded EU sanctions against Turkey, alleging “violations” of Greek and Cypriot waters and said the EU should act on the crisis in Libya.

Aksoy said France was losing its neutrality and its chance to contribute to stability with every explanation and misstep on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

France has not been able to achieve any results from its policies and it will not be able to achieve any in the future, he said.

He called on France to stop putting on weight and following quiet and rational policies, and said it should stop supporting the coup plotters in Libya, the terrorists in Syria and those who act with the understanding of “I am the sole owner of this place ‘in the eastern Mediterranean.

France should make a distinction in Libya between the legitimate government recognized by the international community and the UN and the aggressor Khalifa Haftar, who seized Tripoli for more than a year and tried to overthrow the legitimate government, Aksoy said.

Every measure taken by our country in the Eastern Mediterranean aims to defend the rights and legitimate interests of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots on the basis of international law, he said, reiterating Ankara’s call for dialogue and collaboration in the region.

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