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THE EU must take a tougher line with Turkey over its incursions into Greece's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Eastern Mediterranean - with a French MEP accusing the bloc of "crossing its arms" and doing nothing.

PUBLISHED: 16:49, Wed, Oct 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:49, Wed, Oct 21, 2020

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Francois-Xavier Bellamy was speaking at a time of heightened tensions in the region, with Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis continuing to operate close to Greek island of Kastellorizo. Mr Bellamy told a plenary session of the European Parliament today: "On October 6 we again had to look at what was happening in Turkey despite UN conventions on Turkey and Cyprus.

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"We have this occupied enclave of Cyprus on European soil.

"Turkish boats have once again entered Greece's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

"Greece must be doubting the de-escalation that we announced."

Francois-Xavier BellamyFrancois-Xavier Bellamy and French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: GETTY)

Francois-Xavier BellamyFrancois-Xavier Bellamy addresses the European Parliament (Image: GETTY)

Erdogan again takes three steps forward and he is walking on European territory

Francois-Xavier Bellamy

Referring to Turkey's leader, as well as the ongoing dispute in Nagorno-Karabakh, he added: "Erdogan again takes three steps forward and he is walking on European territory.

"We cannot forget the fate of Armenia today, which is struck by the actions of Turkey.

"Azerbaijan has made victims and what is Europe doing about that?

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Recep Tayyip ErdoganRecep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey (Image: GETTY)

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