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European Council President Charles Michel wears a protective mask as he waits for the arrival of Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. European Union leaders are meeting to address a series of foreign affairs issues ranging from Belarus to Turkey and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU leaders seek end to embarrassing Belarus sanctions clash

Oct. 1, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders gathered Thursday to try to end an embarrassing standoff that is preventing them from imposing sanctions on senior officials in Belarus who are accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a harsh crackdown on peaceful protesters. The roadblock...

Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, left, talks during a news conference with her Cypriot countepart Nikos Christodoulides at the Cypriot Foreign Ministry building in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Laya said her visit aimed to convey her country's solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish gas search in waters were Cyprus claims exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Spain rebuffs Turkey's 'unilateral' gas search, backs Cyprus

Sep. 30, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Spain’s foreign minister on Wednesday said her country rejects Turkey’s unilateral search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, adding that such actions hinder a negotiated way out of a territorial dispute that has ratcheted up regional tensions. Spanish...

Rights group: Cyprus pushed back migrants, ignored claims

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities pushed back 200 migrants and refugees arriving from Lebanon aboard boats earlier this month, ignoring their claims for asylum while in some instances using violence and coercive tactics, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch accused Cypriot...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis pose during their visit at the Naval Support Activity base at Souda, on the Greek island of Crete, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Pompeo visited a U.S. naval base at Souda Bay on the southern Greek island of Crete Tuesday, ahead of a meeting with Greece's prime minister on the second day of his trip to the country. (Aris Messinis/Pool viaAP)

Pompeo voices support for talks between Greece, Turkey

Sep. 29, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed support Tuesday for talks between Greece and Turkey, NATO allies whose relations deteriorated to the point where both had warships facing off in the Mediterranean Sea. His comments, however, angered Ankara, where a senior official accused...

Agency: No Cyprus passports for wealthy investors' families

Sep. 24, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ top oversight body urged lawmakers on Thursday to rethink new legislation that empowers the government to grant citizenship to family members of wealthy investors under the country’s lucrative “golden passport” program. The Cyprus Audit Office said...

Greece: EU to ready Turkey sanctions despite crisis thaw

Sep. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Wednesday that it still expects the European Union to approve sanctions against Turkey despite the two NATO members agreeing to restart talks on maritime boundaries, energy rights and other long-standing disputes. The leaders of the EU's 27 nations are expected to review...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, talks in a televised address, following a cabinet meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Erdogan, who has long called for a reform of the United Nations, says the world body has failed in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Erdogan claimed the UN was late in

Turkey, Greece soon to resume talks on resolving disputes

Sep. 22, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece have agreed to resume talks aimed at resolving long-festering disputes, following a weeks-long standoff between the neighbors over maritime boundaries and rights to exploit offshore oil and gas resources. The Greek Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement Tuesday...

Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, rear, anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed the return of a Turkish survey vessel to port Sunday from a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean that has been at the heart of a summer stand-off between Greece and Turkey over energy rights. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Greece: Talks with Turkey on eastern Med could restart soon

Sep. 21, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and Turkey are close to reviving talks on long-standing maritime disputes following a tense standoff over rights to exploit potential offshore natural gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, a Greek official said Monday. “We are close to restarting the exploratory...

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks speaks with journalists after a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. European Union foreign ministers on Monday were weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with the country's exiled opposition leader. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU fails to agree Belarus sanctions despite opposition plea

Sep. 21, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers failed on Monday to impose sanctions on Belarus officials suspected of election fraud or of playing a part in the security crackdown, despite appeals from President Alexander Lukashenko’s main opponent to take courageous action against his regime....

France's Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune, foreground, and Cyprus' Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides take part in a news conference at the Foreign Ministry building in the capital Nicosia, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Beaune says the European Union should consider imposing sanctions against Turkey if the country continues a hydrocarbons search inside waters where Greece and Cyprus claims exclusive rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

France: EU sanctions on Turkey an option over gas standoff

Sep. 18, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France on Friday backed Cyprus' calls for the European Union to consider imposing tougher sanctions on Turkey if the Turkish government won't suspend its search for energy reserves in eastern Mediterranean waters where Cyprus and Greece claim exclusive economic rights. French...