|Turkey expects the EU to quickly open chapters on membership negotiations.|
Speaking after discussions with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is visiting Ankara, President Erdogan said that Ankara expects the EU to quickly open chapters on membership negotiations and start negotiations on a customs union.
The Turkish President’s proposal comes as the situation in Ukraine puts Ankara back on the international stage as a mediator for the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the common roof of 27 EU countries began in 2005, but have stalled in recent years due to tensions and disagreements between the two sides over the rule of law. and some other problems.
However, President Erdogan has always insisted that the country remains committed to joining the EU.
During a visit to Turkey last week, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he had seen “good signs” in Ankara’s new policies.
During the migrant crisis in March 2016, the EU and Ankara agreed a “reciprocity” deal worth billions of euros. Accordingly, Turkey will take back the migrants in exchange for visa-free entry for its citizens in the union.
Turkey’s proposal was made ahead of the EU summit on Ukraine, scheduled to take place on March 24. A day later, leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will also meet for a summit on this issue.
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