Turkey tries to win back its European partners

With the visit of its Foreign Minister to Brussels on Thursday, Turkey wants to reconcile with the European Union. However, its role in the conflicts in Syria and Libya, its dispute in northern Cyprus and its energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea continues to weigh on Ankara’s shoulders.

“2020 was a troublesome year in the bilateral relations between Turkey and the EU. And this had its repercussions in the joint declaration of sanctions at the December Summit of the Council of the European Union. However, since then both sides have expressed their will. to create a positive environment “, declared Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs.

According to the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, “another good step is the announced resumption of exploratory talks between Turkey and Greece. We strongly hope that there will be a sustainable de-escalation in the eastern Mediterranean, but also in the region in general” .

The Biden effect comes to Turkey

After the departure of its partner Trump, and the arrival of Biden to the White House, Ankara will also have to strengthen relations with Washington. It does so, among other reasons, as a result of the sanctions recently imposed on Ankara for its deployment of a Russian-made missile defense system.

“There is no reason to hide that Turkey has created many problems by buying Russian military equipment that is not compatible with that of NATO and by operating in the Mediterranean, in Libya, in Syria, etc. However, we need a close alliance with Turkey and I think that the election of President Biden has created a new situation. Erdogan has realized that after Trump’s departure as President, he does not have an ally in the White House, so he has to behave, “said Anders Fogh Rasmussen -Former Secretary General of NATO

The EU Leaders unanimously agreed in December to extend sanctions on Turkey over its illegal drillings in the Cypriot EEZ but this is still pending mainly because of internal divisions in the bloc. (Acc to diplomats, Germany backed by Italy and Spain want to delay them while France, Greece and Cyprus are still pushing for them).

In December, EU leaders unanimously agreed to extend sanctions on Turkey for its illegal drilling in waters of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone. But these have not yet been implemented so Turkey is seeking a change of maneuver.