Frenchman Macron says he wants to avoid escalation of EU-Turkey tensions

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PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that European Union countries should have a more unified stance on Turkey, but said the EU wanted to avoid any escalation of tensions with Ankara.

“It is up to Turkey to clarify its intentions,” Macron said at a press conference in Corsica where he will host members of the EU’s Mediterranean coast for talks which are expected to include the bloc’s strained relations with Turkey. .

Tensions between Greece and EU member Turkey rose sharply last month after Ankara sent a survey vessel to map possible oil and gas drilling in the territory in which the two countries claim their ownership. jurisdiction.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Edited by Gareth Jones

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