Mar 25 2018

Erdoğan is bringing some footage to Varna Summit

Turkey’s president Erdoğan told on Sunday that he’s prepared for the EU-Turkey summit to be held on Monday in Varna, Bulgaria and will show some footage to EU leaders during the meeting.

“Our problem is terrorism, we are not invaders,” Erdoğan said and added that the examples of invaders are in the West, when talking today in Trabzon, Blacksea Turkey, before attending the ruling Justice and Development Party’s provincial congress.

Erdoğan also cited Mosul, Aleppo, and Gazza as examples of devastation caused by other countries, before telling the audience, “The ones in the West are trying to give us advise. Keep your advises to yourself”. 

“There is video footage of all of them. We will meet tomorrow in Varna, I have been prepared, I will show them,” said Erdoğan, without explaining the exact contents of the footage.

The European Council President Donald Tusk and the EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will also attend the EU-Turkey summit tomorrow. The refugee deal between Turkey and the EU, visa liberalization for Turkish citizens and the Customs Union agreement are expected to be discussed during the meeting. 

On March 23, during the European Council meeting, president Juncker stated that he had mixed feelings for the Summit, because of EU and Turkey’s different views on various issues, but stressed that the EU was still willing to strengthen cooperation. 

At the same meeting, the European Council focused on the escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea due to Turkey’s aggressive reactions to the EU-member Republic of Cyprus’s efforts for gas exploration around the island. The European Council strongly condemned Turkey’s continued illegal actions in the region and called Turkey to respect international law and to normalise relations with all EU member states. Moreover, the European Council also mentioned the two Greek soldiers detained by Turkey earlier this month as they passed the Turkish-Greek border in bad weather and called for a swift and positive resolution of these issues. 

Seventy-five members of the European Parliament have signed an open letter also on March 23 calling for human rights in Turkey to be put on the agenda of the upcoming summit meeting. “So is this the mandate of EU Council for Varna Summit,” asked Kati Piri, the European Parliament's Turkey Rapporteur, the same day after the European Council’s conclusions were made public. 

The Association of European Journalists prepared symbolic accreditation badges for 95 imprisoned journalist in Turkey. “Journalists are not terrorists and cannot be treated as such for their work,” said the Association and called for Turkey to immediately release those journalists.