No sur­prises from Ankara

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The state­ment by Turkey’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil yes­ter­day, which set out the coun­try’s top for­eign pol­icy pri­or­i­ties, con­tained hardly any sur­prises. A sin­gle read was enough to dis­pel any il­lu­sions that there could in­deed be some progress to­ward reach­ing a peace set­tle­ment on the di­vided is­land of Cyprus. The state­ment by the coun­cil con­firmed that Turkey is broach­ing the full spec­trum of its claims in the Aegean Sea and Cyprus. It also makes clear that Ankara’s strat­egy is not mo­ti­vated by do­mes­tic con­cerns in view of the loom­ing ref­er­en­dum to boost Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers. Rather, it con­sti­tutes a tac­ti­cal re­sponse to cur­rent un­cer­tainty and in­sta­bil­ity in its wider ge­o­graph­i­cal area. Athens must keep its cool sim­i­lar to the way it has done over the years of Turk­ish provo­ca­tions.

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