During the European Union meeting, it was emphasized that the request to revive Turkey’s membership negotiations is currently not possible due to the country’s ‘deteriorating situation.’ German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock pointed out that Turkey is far from being a state of law and respecting human rights, stating that gifts cannot be given to Ankara by saying they are going through a tough period.
Baerbock described Turkey as the EU’s ‘not easy but globally strategically important direct neighbor,’ emphasizing the need to reconsider cooperation with Turkey strategically after the elections.
Baerbock stated that the negotiations with the EU, demanded to be revitalized by President Tayyip Erdoğan, are currently ‘in the depths of the deep freeze’ due to deficiencies in fundamental areas such as the rule of law and human rights.
LUXEMBOURG ALSO CLOSED THE DOOR Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn also highlighted that Turkey is the only country that can pressure Russia on the issue after the termination of the Grain Corridor Agreement. On the other hand, Asselborn also stated, “While human rights defenders are in prison, the issue of EU membership cannot move forward even an inch.”