The EU calls on Turkey to work consistently to reduce tensions and it is constantly stressed in the European Council’s conclusions that it will continue to monitor the issue closely.
In particular, it is noted: “The European Council reaffirms its conclusions of 1-2 October 2020 and deplores renewed unilateral and provocative actions by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, including recent exploratory activities. The European Council urges respect for UN Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789, underlines the importance of the status of Varosha and reiterates its full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus.
The European Council urges Turkey to reverse these actions and work for the easing of tensions in a consistent and sustained manner. It will remain seized of the matter in order to follow-up on its conclusions of 1-2 October 2020.”
Greek PM: We asked for explicit reference to EU’s disapproval of Turkey’s actions – Heads of State and Government agreed
“The issue was not going to be discussed,” he said, referring to the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Turkey. “It was not on the agenda,” said Kyriakos Mitsotakis and continued: “President Anastasiadis and I insisted. We asked for an explicit reference that indicates strong EU disapproval of Turkey’s new unilateral actions. The Heads of State and Government finally agreed on these references. It is explicitly stated that Turkey should respect the Security Council resolutions. The European Council called on Turkey to reverse these actions and said it would remain seized of the matter.”