Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will ask for the immediate examination and adoption of measures against Turkey, as long as the neighboring country insists on its actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, at the European Council whose proceedings begin today in Brussels, according to government sources.

Following a decision by the EU General Affairs Council yesterday, Greece and Cyprus will demand a clear condemnation of Turkish illegal activities in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone and the Aegean, and their impact on Euro-Turkish relations. The Prime Minister, in coordination with the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, will emphasize that there is not only a question of demonstrating solidarity with Cyprus, but also a wider risk prevention strategy that affects the whole of the EU.

The European Council’s focus will be on the emergence of the new leadership at the European Institutions (European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, High Representative for Foreign Policy and Civil Defense, European Central Bank). The leaders will also discuss the EU’s strategic agenda for the next five years, the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, climate change, tackling misinformation and hybrid threats, and the reforming of the Eurozone.