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Parliamentary questions
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21 November 2019
E-003964/2019
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Ioannis Lagos
 Subject: Flagrant acts of provocation by Turkey in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean

The European Union has turned a blind eye towards Turkey’s behaviour and, as a result, Turkey is adopting an increasingly provocative stance. On this particular occasion, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has revealed Turkey's expansionist tendencies, stating that Turkey would not allow anyone to violate its ‘rights’ in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. At the same time, Akar made statements indicative of Ankara's intentions for its energy plans in the Eastern Mediterranean, stressing that it would not allow anyone to prevent it from entering the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean! With drilling in the occupied Karpasia peninsula in Cyprus and sections of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone under way, Akar has again ‘issued a warning’ that Ankara will not allow its rights in the Eastern Mediterranean to be violated.

In view of all the above, will the High Representative say:

What steps will she take to halt Turkish provocation?

What options does the European Union have if Turkey challenges the territorial integrity and borders of Greece (and therefore of the European Union)?

When will it finally stop providing Turkey with European funds?

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