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World Reconciliation operation led by Ankara for the EU

23:20  21 january  2021
23:20  21 january  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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Turkey seeks to calm tensions with member states. View on euronews

  Opération de réconciliation menée par Ankara à destination de l'UE © Stephanie Lecocq / AP

Turkey seems to want appeasement with the European Union. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was on Thursday in Brussels to discuss possible progress.

But tensions remain high. The 27 keep in mind the political choices of Ankara in Syria and Libya or the provocations in Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish official acknowledges that "2020 has been a problematic year for bilateral relations between Turkey and the EU". But he underlines the will of both parties to "create a positive atmosphere". EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell presents the announced resumption of exploratory talks between Ankara and Athens as "good news."

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Some experts believe that Turkey's change of tone can be explained by the change of president in the United States. According to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former NATO secretary general, the Turkish president "realizes that with the departure of Donald Trump he no longer has an ally in the White House, so he has to be careful."

But other factors may explain these reversals. "Turkey has created many problems, it has bought Russian military equipment which is not compatible with NATO equipment, it is showing its muscles in the Mediterranean, in Libya, in Syria," adds Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The purchase by Ankara, a member of the Atlantic Alliance, of a Russian defense system resulted in sanctions from Washington.

The European retaliatory measures adopted unanimously in December concern Turkish drilling in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone. But these sanctions are still pending for reasons of internal divisions between the 27.

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