<h4>On Thursday, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the European Union (EU) must impose \u2018meaningful\u2019 sanctions on Turkey due to its provocative activities in the eastern Mediterranean region.<\/h4>\r\nIn an article published in the London Times newspaper, Mitsotakis called on Ankara to pull its maritime assets from disputed areas in the eastern Mediterranean, adding,\u00a0\u201cWe do need dialogue, but not when held at gunpoint. What threatens my country\u2019s security and stability threatens the well-being and safety of all EU member states."\r\n<div>\r\n<div class="DPSlot_container StandardArticleBody_dp-slot-inline StandardArticleBody_inline-canvas">Greece and Turkey are in dispute over sea boundaries in the region, in the latest manifestation of decades of friction between the two NATO allies. <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/turkey-sentences-5-journalists-for-naming-intelligence-agents-killed-in-libya\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Turkey<\/a> has dispatched a survey vessel in an area both countries claim is their own.<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\nThis month, EU leaders are expected to specify their response to Turkey. If Turkey does not withdraw its assets, \u2018meaningful sanctions\u2019 should be imposed, the Greek prime minister wrote.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf Europe wants to exercise true geopolitical power, it simply cannot afford to appease a belligerent Turkey,\u201d Mitsotakis said.\r\n\r\nTurkey, he said, still had time to avoid sanctions and \u2018take a step back\u2019.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey should stand down, return to the table, and pick up from where they left off when they quit exploratory talks in 2016. And if we cannot agree, then we must seek resolution at the Hague,\u201d he said, referring to the international court for sovereign disputes.\r\n\r\nFrench President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the European Union\u2019s strained relationship with Turkey later Thursday with <a href="https:\/\/www.reuters.com\/article\/us-greece-turkey\/greek-pm-dialogue-with-turkey-is-important-but-on-peaceful-terms-idUSKBN2610OH" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mitsotakis<\/a>.\r\n\r\nBoth are attending a \u2018MED7\u2019 summit on the French island of Corsica along with the leaders of Portugal, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Malta.