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Turkey says EU call for sanctions over Cyprus ‘disconnected from reality’


Ankara has denounced a resolution by EU Parliament lawmakers for sanctions against Turkey over Cyprus after President Erdogan’s recent visit to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state and the reopening of an abandoned town.

“We completely reject the nonbinding resolution… on our country and the TRNC,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement on Friday, referring to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

European Parliament MPs urged EU leaders on Thursday to “take action and impose tough sanctions” against Turkey, calling Ankara’s gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean “illegal.”

Turkey rejects the charge. Ankara backs dialogue, but Turkey will continue to protect both its own rights and those of the Turkish Cypriots, Aksoy said, slamming the European Parliament resolution.

Credit: RT News

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