European Council President Michel Michel and European Commission President Michel von der Leyen will visit Turkey on April 6 and meet with Turkish leaders, an EU spokesman said on social media on Thursday.
At the just-concluded EU Video Summit, the EU said it would strengthen cooperation with Turkey in various fields, but called on Turkey to stop taking any provocative actions.
Turkey’s relations with EU members Greece and Cyprus have been strained in recent years. The two countries believe that Turkey is exploring for oil and gas on the Greek continental shelf and in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus. Turkey insists that the exploration is on its continental shelf, while criticizing Greece’s maritime border agreement involving disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean. The EU has been staunchly supportive of the two member states and has threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey.
The European public opinion believes that the decision of the two EU leaders to visit Turkey at the same time sends a signal of further improvement of bilateral relations, but it remains to be seen whether EU-Turkey relations can be substantially improved.
(Front desk reporter Zheng Zhi)