Erdogan Shares Doubts on the Continuation of EU Negotiations

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Turkish President Recep Erdogan said on Tuesday that the decision of the European Union to apply sanctions to the country for wells drilling off the coast of Cyprus could violate negotiations with the union. According to the president’s statement, Turkey may respond by sending the captured fighters of the Islamic State to Europe.

On Monday, the EU foreign ministers agreed on economic sanctions against Ankara for drilling and exploration wells that mean violating the border of the Cyprus maritime economic zone.

Before his visit to Washington, Erdogan spoke negatively about the EU decision and noted that Turkey is acting in accordance with its rights governed by international law and drilling operations in the eastern Mediterranean will not be stopped.