Turkey-EU Tensions: FM Cavusoglu claims Europe 'humiliates' Turkey

16:01 Aug. 15, 2016

FM Cavusoglu claims Europe 'humiliates' Turkey

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, addresses the media after an EU Turkey Accession Intergovernmental Conference at the EU Council building in Brussels on June 30, 2016. (AP Photo)

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Europe "humiliates" Turkey instead of helping it, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview for German Bild newspaper.

He added Turkey could refuse its promise to stem the flow of illegal migrants to Europe if the EU does not grant it visa liberalisation in October.

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Cavusoglu's remarks come amid the EU and US's crackdown which followed the failed coup attempt on July 15.

Asked whether hundreds of thousands of refugees in Turkey would head to Europe if the EU did not grant Turks visa freedom from October, Cavusoglu told Bild: "I don't want to talk about the worst case scenario - talks with the EU are continuing but it's clear that we either apply all treaties at the same time or we put them all aside."

The issue of Turkey-EU visa liberalisation has been recently stalled amid disputes of Turkish anti-terrorism legislation. The EU is also concerned over Ankara's remarks about possible restoration of capital punishment.

Cavusoglu said treaties laid out that all Turks would get visa freedom in October, adding: "It can't be that we implement everything that is good for the EU but that Turkey gets nothing in return."

According to Reuters, a European Commission spokesman did not comment on the interview directly but said the EU continued to work together with Turkey in all areas of cooperation.

With reporting from Reuters.

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