Ankara has determined to return its seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis to the port in Antalya forward of a key EU summit, scheduled for mid-December to debate Turkey’s actions within the Eastern Mediterranean.
The analysis vessel had accomplished the “two-dimensional seismic research” it was conducting off Demre, a metropolis on the southern Turkish coast, the nation’s Energy and Natural Resources Ministry mentioned on Monday.
Oruc Reis’ exploration actions in Greece’s and Cyprus’ continental cabinets have sparked an outcry by the 2 governments and the EU, which have condemned Turkey’s unlawful actions and warned Ankara over financial sanctions. EU leaders are set to fulfill on December 11-12 to evaluate the state of affairs within the Eastern Mediterranean, together with bloc’s relations with Turkey, with France championing the push to sanction Ankara.
In late November, the European Parliament agreed throughout its plenary session on a non-binding decision in help of Cyprus which urges EU leaders to “take action and impose tough sanctions in response to Turkey’s illegal actions.” The adoption of the textual content associated to the latest developments within the deserted coastal metropolis of Cyprus’ Varosha and Erdogan’s “picnic” on the 37th anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence by Turkish Cypriots, indicators the rising opposition to Turkey’s EU prospect, with a number of MEPs calling for the suspension of EU accession talks and even their cancellation.
The name enjoys the help of Europe’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell, who reassured lawmakers that the matter stays “high” on EU’s agenda, as stability and safety within the Eastern Mediterranean in addition to constructive cooperation of all sides concerned is within the EU’s “strategic interest.”
Oruç Reis Sismik Araştırma Gemimiz, 10 Ağustos’ta başladığı Demre sahasındaki iki boyutlu (2B) sismik araştırmalarını tamamladı. 10.955 km 2B sismik veri toplayan gemimiz, Antalya Limanı’na döndü. pic.twitter.com/8WWhcLQ16s
— Enerji ve Tabii Kaynaklar Bakanlığı (@TCEnerji) November 30, 2020
In latest weeks, Erdogan adopted a conciliatory tone, notoriously stating that he sees Turkey in Europe and goals at constructing its relations and future throughout the EU.
“We see ourselves in Europe, not in a different place. We foresee building our future with the EU..However this does not mean that we will bow down to overt attacks to our country and nation, veiled injustices and double standards,” Erdogan advised the members of the governing Justice and Development celebration (AKP) on November 21.
The same tone was saved by the Turkish authorities’s spokesperson, Hami Aksoy, who mentioned on Tuesday that Ankara is prepared for dialogue with Athens with out preconditions, including that setting a date for exploratory talks between the 2 sides is now attainable, on condition that the Oruc Reis has suspended its operations within the Eastern Mediterranean.