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

Michele Moreno
March 29, 2018

So there was a summit meeting on Monday in Varna, Bulgaria, attended by Erdogan, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude J√ľncker, as well as Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

"We are going to remind them [Tusk and Juncker] once more than Turkey will not tolerate hypocrisy", Erdogan said. "We agreed that we should continue our dialogue in hard circumstances".

At our meeting in Brussels a year ago we agreed to intensify our dialogue at different levels.

He acknowledged that no concrete compromise or solution had been achieved at the summit, but expressed hope that such would be possible in the future. "The EU also stands ready to assist", Mr Tusk said. But he also accused the European Union of showing "double standards" and again charged the bloc had failed to help Turkey enough with the 3.5 million Syrian refugees the country is hosting.

"We are, of course, deeply concerned about what's happening in Afrin".

"It would be a grave mistake for Europe, which claims to be a global force, to push Turkey out of its expansion policy", he said.

Ankara has agreed to buy air defence systems from Russian Federation and Moscow will also build Turkey's first nuclear power station. Turkey's actions reduced the flow of migrants from millions in 2015 to hundreds of thousands in 2017.

We now expect strong support [from Europe] on sensitive issues such as the fight against terrorism instead of rambling and unjust criticism. This has all whipped up an increasingly acrimonious war of words and made Turkey's prospects of joining the European Union - an objective that Erdogan insisted earlier on Monday that Turkey still pursues - appear even more remote.

The arrest of the soldiers has strained bilateral ties between Ankara and Athens, who are already at loggerheads over the exploration of gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. "This should not be turned into a political issue, it should not become an issue that shakes the trust of our people", he said.

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