EU unlikely to sanction Turkey over Mediterranean gas drilling, former EU ambassador says


French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L).

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LONDON — The European Union will not go as far as to impose sanctions on Turkey, one regional expert told CNBC, despite Ankara’s controversial activity in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Turkey, Greece and Cyprus have been at odds over the former’s exploration of energy resources in parts of Eastern Mediterranean waters that both Athens and Nicosia claim are part of their own territory. The countries and territories of this region include Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Libya.

The dispute, which goes back over four…


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