?uropean Commission warns Erdogan over negative statements on the road to Varna EU – Turkey Summit

The European Commission warned again today Turkey and President Erdogan following yesterdays activity in the Imia region, as well as the threats made by Erdogan to Cyprus and Greece.

More specifically, Commission Chief Spokesman Margaritis Schinas, responding to a question by the CNA during todays midday briefing in Brussels, warned the Turkish President that “negative statements damaging good neighborly relations should be avoided, especially on the way to Varna” – where the EU – Turkey Summit will be held on the 26 March.

The Chief Spokesman said that EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, met today in Kuwait on the sidelines of a conference on Iraq with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlo?t Tsavousoglou and discussed the incident in Cyprus.

Regarding the ramming of a Greek coastguard vessel by a Turkish ship in the Imia area, Margaritis Schinas pointed out that “the Commission is closely monitoring the situation” and ” as repetitio matter studiorum est” (repetition is the mother of learning), he reiterated yesterdays appeal to Turkey:

“Turkey must commit itself irrevocably to good neighborly relations and avoid any kind of source of friction, threats or action against EU Member States that damages good neighborly relations and peaceful conflict resolution,” he said. In addition, “the EU stresses the need to respect the sovereignty of Member States in their territorial waters and airspace”.

Margaritis Schinas also confirmed that the Greek Coast Guard ship was on a mission co-financed by the EU, stressing that “this is yet another compelling reason that reinforces my statement as the European taxpayer contributes to the effective policing of the EUs external border and not for anything else “.

Source: Cyprus News Agency