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    ATHENS (Sputnik) - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Monday his country needed European unity to penalise Turkey for striking a maritime border pact with Libya.

    "I called for direct condemnation of these memorandums and suggested creating a framework for sanctions in case Turkey and the government in Tripoli refuse to cooperate", Dendias said.

    The top Greek diplomat spoke after EU foreign ministers met in Brussels for talks. In their final document, the diplomats said they had expressed concerns at the meeting with the Turkish-Libyan agreements, but took no further steps.

    At the OIC Senior Public and Private Sector Investment Conference today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara may consider sending troops to Lybia if Greece, Israel, and Egypt tried to "act in the region without Turkey's approval".

    On 28 November, Turkey and Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli signed two deals last month that set a new maritime border between them in the Mediterranean and expanded their military cooperation. The agreements sparked an outcry from Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt.

    European Union, Cyprus, Erdogan, Libya, maritime border, Greece, Turkey
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