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Parliamentary questions
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28 March 2019
E-001534-19
Question for written answer E-001534-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Georgios Epitideios (NI)

 Subject:  Provocative statements by the Turkish Defence Minister
 Answer in writing 

In recent statements, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar reiterated his country's expansionist designs on Greece and Cyprus.

Specifically he said: ‘We own 780 000 square kilometres of land belonging to our country. We are talking about 780 000. I used to say 800 000 to keep it simple. But then some people misunderstood and started asking: “What extra land did we obtain?” We need to be careful. 780 000 square kilometres is the figure. In addition, we own 462 000 square kilometres of “Blue Homeland”. Yes, we also own the sea and the seabed. The seas. The Black Sea, the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean, encompassing Cyprus also. Those areas are in our sphere of interest and we are responsible for keeping the peace there.’

In view this:
1. Will the Commission say what steps it will it take to put an end to Turkish provocations at the expense of Greece and Cyprus?
2. Will it impose sanctions on Turkey?
Original language of question: EL 
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