Foreign ministers of the EU countries posed Friday for an official group photo in Berlin, while observing social distancing measures.
The meeting of the EU ministers comes as tensions rise between Greece and Turkey over energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean, and amid anti-government unrest in Belarus.
The European Union is preparing sanctions against Turkey that could be discussed Sept. 24 at the bloc’s next summit in response to the eastern Mediterranean dispute with Greece, the EU’s top diplomat said on Friday.
The measures, meant to limit Turkey’s ability to explore for natural gas in contested waters, could include individuals, ships or the use of European ports, Josep Borrell, the EU’s minister of foreign affairs, said. The EU would focus on everything related to "activities we consider illegal," he added.