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Parliamentary questions
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7 July 2020
E-004015/2020
Question for written answer E-004015/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eva Kaili (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Turkish acts of provocation directed at EU Member States

In recent months, Turkey has been systematically seeking to destabilise the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean. This policy includes military interventions in third countries, the strategic use of refugee flows and a systematic effort to prevent EU Member States from exercising their sovereign rights, including the right to oil extraction.

The harassment of commercial activities by military means and the escalation of shows of power, including huge troop movements in the occupied territories of Cyprus, are an attempt to escalate the situation: there is a danger that this will develop into a military escalation.

As it is now clear that Turkey is becoming a regional pariah and a danger to security and geostrategic stability in the region, will the Commission say:

1. Is it monitoring Turkey's military activities and the use of shows of power to prevent Member States from exercising their sovereign rights? Is it keeping a record of these actions by Turkey? If so, can it provide the relevant information?

2. Is there any concern about the risk of a military conflict breaking out between Turkish forces and the forces of a Member State?

3. As the Union systematically refuses to impose sanctions on Turkey for its dangerous conduct in preventing Member States from exercising their legal sovereign rights under maritime law, how does it intend to reduce the risks of military escalation?

Original language of question: EL
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