Macron sends stern warning to Ankara over Eastern Med
In a show of solidarity with Cyprus, French President Emmanuel Macron sent a stern message to Turkey on Thursday that Paris and the European Union will not tolerate violations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
"The European Union and France will not show any weakness in this respect," the French leader said during his meeting on Thursday in Paris with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Noting the need for vigilance and solidarity with regard to Turkey's activities in the Eastern Mediterranean within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Macron highlighted the need for cooperation to deal with common challenges in what he described as a "fragmented geopolitical environment."
For his part, Mitsotakis told Greek journalists that "Europe will not leave Cyprus unprotected."
However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared defiant.