Macron says wants to avoid escalation in EU-Turkey tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that European Union countries should have a more unified position regarding Turkey but said the EU wanted to avoid any escalation in tensions with Ankara.

“It is up to Turkey to clarify its intentions”, Macron told a news conference in Corsica where he will host Mediterranean littoral members of the EU for talks expected to include the bloc’s strained relations with Turkey.

Tensions between EU member Greece and Turkey rose sharply last month after Ankara sent a survey vessel to map out possible oil and gas drilling in territory over which both countries claim jurisdiction.

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