The high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, said that the highest diplomatic positions of the Eurogroup will discuss on Monday the possible sanctions against Turkey, for the military offensive in northeastern Syria.
“Today we are going to discuss mainly military operations in Syria. For me, the most important point today will be the presence of our guest, the UN special envoy for Syria [Geir] Pedersen. We will discuss with him how we can help protect the process. politician of this new military escalation and, obviously, the Member States will discuss how far they are willing to go with certain measures that are on the table in relation to Turkey’s military activities in Syria,” said the official upon arrival at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.
Mogherini added that the resolutions taken at this meeting will be discussed at the European Council, which will meet on the 17th and 18th of this month.
Turkey launched an offensive in northeastern Syria on 9 October whose objectives, according to Ankara, are to move Kurdish militias away from the Turkish border and establish a safe area in the northeast of the Arab country to accommodate the thousands of Syrian refugees who they remain today in Turkish territory.
The Turkish operation seeks to attack the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and YPG (Popular Protection Units) that dominate the Syrian northeast and which Ankara links with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK, banned in Turkey for being considered a terrorist).
The Syrian Government has denounced the Turkish military action pointing out that it violates the territorial integrity of the country and international law.
The United States refused to support Turkey’s intervention and withdrew its forces from the zone of hostilities. He also studies imposing drastic sanctions against Ankara in the wake of that offensive.
Other western nations, such as Germany and France, have already suspended arms exports to Turkey.
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