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Friday, February 23, 2018

Turkey ready to “burn all bridges” with the EU over visa-free regime

The Turkish authorities threatened to suspend all agreements with the European Union due to the fact that the organization refused to introduce visa-free regime with Turkey this year. Earlier, the country has already warned Brussels that in case of delay in this matter will re-open “the window to Europe” for millions of refugees.

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Threats broadcast by Turkish TV channel TRT Haber announced the Advisor to the President of Turkey, Yigit Bulut. According to him, Ankara is ready to collapse all of the agreement with the European Union, including its membership in the customs Union with Brussels.

RBC notes that Turkey is the only country that has for 20 years is in the customs Union without being an EU member.

Earlier in the German press appeared information that the EU will introduce a visa-free regime with Turkey till 2017. Just over a week ago the decision on this issue was postponed by the European Parliament, as Ankara has fulfilled not all of the presented 72 demands.

In particular, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to amend anti-terrorism laws, under which Brussels has requested to be protected from criminal prosecution opposition to Turkish journalists.

In response, Ankara has threatened to withdraw from the Treaty on refugees. Earlier, the parties came to an agreement that Brussels will pay Turkey, 3 billion euros for the maintenance of migrants and cancel a visa-free regime, in response, Ankara has promised to close the border and stop the unhindered flight of refugees to the EU.

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