(LibyaNN)- Turkey announced that a survey vessel was setting sail to the contested waters, which is likely to cause new tensions in the region. The EU has a great interest in ensuring stability, cooperation, and progress.
On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to the 27 Union leaders saying, "I would like to emphasize once again that we are ready for dialogue with Greece without any preconditions".
European Council President Charles Michel said the EU is to sanction Turkey for failure to de-escalate.
"We very much want to give political dialogue a chance to move toward greater stability," he said.
Turkey's membership of the EU, have stalled.
EU leaders have criticized Turkey's record on human rights and the rule of law, particularly in the wake of the 2016 failed military coup.
At the forefront of the EU summit in Brussels, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, "a message of unity, solidarity, and determination" is conclusive and clarifies that there will be consequences to Ankara for its "aggressive behavior".
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz aided Mitsotakis by saying, "The EU issues a clear threat of sanctions against Turkey should it continue to violate international law."
He urged Brussels to "remain impartial" to help resolve a "new test" in bilateral relations.
The threat of sanctions was placed on July 21 by Turkey, announcing it is launching exploration for oil and gas in waters that were previously awarded to Greece under the UN Law of the Sea.
Tensions between the two countries' entirely went off when Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding when Libya sought military assistance to fight a civil war inside its territory with eastern block held by the east lead house of representative and General Haftar.