16:42 Oct. 2, 2016
Turkish President about the EU: "I'm speaking openly, they are not keeping their promises"
While President Erdoğan had a reconciliatory tone towards the opposition in his address at Turkey's Parliament, he was highly critical of the US and the EU for their stance on Turkey and the region, urging for sound policies and keeping promises.
Talking about the EU's position towards the ongoing humanitarian crisis due to refugee influx, Erdoğan accused the 28-nation-bloc of not keeping its promises on the migrant deal in May.
"Visa exemption for Turkish citizens needs to come into effect within this month. When we look at the statements coming from the union, we see that a vital issue for Turkey like the war on terror is attempted to be turned into a precondition for the process. I'm speaking openly; they are not keeping their promises. They can think for themselves", Erdoğan said.
"If the EU is going to make Turkey a full member, we are ready. But they should know that we have come to the end of the game. It's their choice to continue the path with or without Turkey. They should not hold us responsible", Erdoğan continued.
Under a March deal, Turks were to gain visa-free travel in exchange for Ankara helping reduce the flow of migrants to Europe.
"The fact that our country has been kept waiting at the door for 53 years shows your (the EU's) opinion towards us", the Turkish President added.