Turkey sees its future in the European Union (EU), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting with the head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen.
This was announced by the Turkish leader’s administration following their meeting, which took place via a video link.
Accordingly, the most important tool that can be used at an early stage for an active agenda in relations between Turkey and the EU is the renewal of the migration agreement, and the year 2021 will provide a positive impact. New effective schools for cooperation in the migration sector.
Mr. Erdogan also told the head of the European Commission that Turkey wants to open a new page in relations with the EU in the new year, leaving the past year not so good, marked by bad ideas. of some European Union members and the artificial problems they create in relation to Ankara.
“Mr. Erdogan stressed that there is a need to extend the tariff union with the EU, ensure the visa-free regime for Turkish citizens, take active steps in negotiations on Turkey’s membership. EU, restore mutual trust and end discriminatory actions and accusations of conspiracy against Turkey “- the Turkish authorities’ written notice further emphasized.
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Erdogan also told Madame Ursula von der Leyen that the resumption of regular Turkey-EU summits is helpful for building relations between the two sides.
Turkey in 1963 signed an association agreement with the forerunner of the EU, the European Economic Community and applied for EU membership in 1987. However, accession negotiations had only just begun. in 2005 and had to be stopped several times due to disagreements.
In March 2016, Brussels stepped up negotiations in exchange for a Turkish agreement to help reduce the influx of migrants to Europe. But so far, only 16 out of 35 chapters of the document have been opened.
It is known that the Ankara leadership official’s statement was made in the context of December 2020, the EU Summit agreed to introduce sanctions against Turkey. The sources said EU leaders had agreed to extend the sanctions on individuals.
Currently, the EU is imposing sanctions on Turkey’s illegal drilling in the waters of the Republic of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean. In November, the EU extended these sanctions for another year, until November 12, 2021.
The list of sanctions for illegal drilling now includes two Turkish nationals.
According to analysts, EU leaders have agreed to impose “lightest” sanctions on some Turkish officials and entities. They have delayed heavier sanctions, such as trade tariffs or arms embargoes.
The reason is believed to be more aggressive measures that need the consultation of the upcoming Biden administration in the US. In addition, the reason may also come from Turkey’s very important role in connecting Asia-Europe, preventing Middle Eastern refugees from coming to Europe and its interference in some hot spots around the world. gender.