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The customs union has allowed for the free movement of goods between the EU and Turkey.
Ankara is currently engaged in a dispute with Greece and Cyprus over oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. Last week, EU leaders said at their summit that if Turkey does not end “unilateral actions and provocations” in the region, they would consider sanctions in December.
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday that Ankara is on the side of “peace and dialogue,” adding that exploratory talks with Greece should continue. “Let’s solve the problems by talking, but everyone should have seen and understood that we won’t submit to any fait accompli, coercion or pressure,” he added.
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