Turkey’s Erdogan brushes off threats of EU sanctions, says Brussels ‘never honest’ with Ankara

Any potential economic sanctions the EU might impose on Turkey do not concern the country much, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, accusing the bloc of never acting “honestly” towards Ankara.

Speaking ahead of an EU leaders’ summit scheduled for Thursday, Erdogan said Ankara is not intimidated by threats of sanctions. At the same time, he signaled that Turkey was ready for negotiations in its spat with Greece over oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean – but shifted blame for lack of progress onto Athens.

“Any sanctions decisions that can be taken against Turkey do not concern us much,” Erdogan told reporters on Wednesday, adding that Greece has “run” away from negotiations.

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