Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey sees itself as part of Europe, however he has known as on the European Union to maintain its guarantees on points comparable to Turkey’s membership bid and refugees
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned Sunday that Turkey sees itself as part of Europe, however he known as on the European Union to “maintain your guarantees” on points such because the nation’s membership bid and refugees.
He spoke earlier than an EU summit as a result of be held subsequent month. In latest weeks, EU members have raised the prospect of sanctions towards Turkey over its fuel exploration missions within the japanese Mediterranean.
“We all the time see ourselves as a part of Europe,” Erdogan mentioned in a digital speech to ruling get together members. “We selected to favor Europe so long as they don’t pressure us to look elsewhere.”
He added: “Maintain your guarantees to our nation, from full membership to the problem of refugees. Let’s set up a more in-depth and extra environment friendly cooperation collectively.”
Turkey utilized for membership within the bloc in 1987 and 4 years in the past signed a take care of the EU to handle the stream of migrants to Europe.
Nonetheless, claims of democratic backsliding have seen its utility successfully suspended whereas each side have accused the opposite of not correctly implementing the refugee settlement.
Ankara has dispatched analysis and drill ships to waters claimed by EU members Greece and Cyprus, sparking a navy escalation over the summer time.
Previous to an EU summit in September, Turkey withdrew the Oruc Reis analysis vessel from the japanese Mediterranean. The ship later returned and on Saturday Turkey introduced it was extending its mission till Nov. 29.
European heads are as a result of meet in Brussels on Dec. 10 and 11 and have voiced issues over Turkish exercise in elements of the Mediterranean that Ankara unilaterally claims as its financial zone. Tensions have additionally been stoked by Erdogan’s insults towards French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkey’s overseas coverage in northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan.
Final week, German Overseas Minister Heiko Maas urged Turkey to cease “provocations” within the Mediterranean or face attainable sanctions. EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned the bloc was “approaching a watershed second in our relationship with Turkey.”
In a bid to patch up relations, Erdogan dispatched his spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, who usually takes a task in overseas affairs, to Brussels on Friday.
During the last two weeks, Erdogan has talked about plans for judicial and democratic reforms to accompany a change in financial coverage, an indication that some have prompt is a bid to win over Europe and the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden within the U.S.