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Parliamentary questions
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8 May 2020
E-002845/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Manolis Kefalogiannis (PPE)
 Subject: Describing Turkey's provocative and aggressive actions as ‘routine’ does not legitimise them

In recent statements, the Turkish Foreign Minister described the harassment by Turkish fighters of the helicopter carrying the Greek Minister of National Defence as ‘routine practice’ and went on to challenge Greek sovereignty over a number of islands and islets.

Turkey is continuing to engage in provocative actions in a bid to challenge Greek sovereignty and Greek sovereign rights. The fact that these provocative and aggressive actions are repeated and are described as ‘routine’ does not legitimise them.

They are quite simply: illegal and unlawful and totally at odds with international law and the commitments of an EU accession country, which, although duty bound to respect the sovereign rights of neighbouring countries and good neighbourly relations, is undermining peace, stability and security in the Aegean and the South-Eastern Mediterranean with its illegal and aggressive actions.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

What actions will it take regarding the ongoing provocative actions by Turkey challenging Greek sovereignty and Greek sovereign rights?

Original language of question: EL
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