Putin, Erdogan discuss plans for next week's summit on Syria

Mar 29, 2018, 01:37
Putin, Erdogan discuss plans for next week's summit on Syria

"Just because some countries took a step based on an allegation, we can not decide to take the same step", Mr Erdogan said in comments to Turkish journalists published by the Hurriyet newspaper and others.

Visa liberalization: The EU promised to allow all citizens of Turkey to have visa-free travel throughout Europe's Schengen zone by the end of June 2016. The EU has already committed €3 billion to help Turkey manage the refugee influx and another €3 billion is on the way. We reconfirm our readiness to keep up the dialogue and consultations and to work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of our partnership. On these issues the European Union and Turkey are far apart. He stressed that he always has supported Turkey's application for the European Union membership but that it was an "absolute must" for Turkey to improve its relations with European Union member states, especially Cyprus.

"EU membership continues to be our strategic goal", Erdogan told reporters before departing for the summit.

"Our meeting today demonstrated that while our relationship is going through hard times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well", Tusk said.

Turkey will not hesitate to act if Syrian Kurdish militia, seen as a terrorist outfit by Ankara, do not leave the town of Manbij, the country's top National Security Council, MGK, said late on Wednesday.

"We hope that this summit will open a new door, the relationship will gain a new acceleration", he said.During the summit, several matters relating to Turkey-EU relations, economy, counterterrorism, foreign policy, Palestine, the Balkans, Syria, Iraq and Libya will be discussed. But we are concerned that some of the methods used undermine fundamental freedoms and the rule of law in Turkey.

We now expect strong support [from Europe] on sensitive issues such as the fight against terrorism instead of rambling and unjust criticism.

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