Turkey has accused the EU of “strategic blindness,” criticizing the bloc’s choice this week to maintain membership talks with Ankara in stalemate as being “indifferent from actuality” and based mostly on “ideological motives.”
The Turkish international ministry said on Friday that the transfer – taken on the EU’s Common Affairs Council assembly on Tuesday – proved as soon as once more that Brussels doesn’t see the problem of the bloc’s enlargement via a “strategic standpoint.” As an alternative, the ministry stated it approaches the query on the premise of slender pursuits and “membership solidarity.”
In its assertion, the ministry stated the choice ignored Turkey’s dedication to accession talks and significance to regional peace and stability and accused the EU of performing like an “curiosity group based mostly on bargaining” and “not as a set of rules and values.”
These selections, that are a brand new instance of how the EU is exploited by some member states’ slender views and egocentric pursuits, neither contribute to Turkey-EU relations or the overall pursuits of Europe, nor do they carry us any nearer to the purpose of making a extra optimistic and constructive agenda.
On the assembly to set the bloc’s agenda for 2022, the Common Affairs Council famous that Turkey “continues to maneuver additional away” from the EU. The council had reiterated “critical considerations” over Ankara’s “deeply worrying backsliding” in democracy, rule of regulation, rights and judicial independence.
It additionally caught to a earlier choice that famous how accession negotiations had “successfully … come to a standstill and no additional chapters may be thought-about for opening or closing.”
The assembly additionally criticized Turkey’s international coverage as going towards EU priorities and referenced ongoing tensions with Greece over the decades-long Cyprus challenge.
Urging the EU to desert its “strategic blindness,” the international ministry added that Turkey was inclined to develop its ties with the bloc via a “concrete and optimistic agenda” based mostly on the membership perspective.
Though Turkey utilized for official candidacy in 1987, the EU solely opened accession talks with Ankara in 2005. These discussions have been suspended for a number of years over various coverage disputes and tensions with neighboring nations.