Austrian Foreign Ministry supports termination of negotiations with Ankara on joining the EU
According to him, "it is important that the EU itself be able to protect its own external borders."
The diplomat also condemned the “wave of detentions and dismissals in Turkey after the attempted putsch” last year and welcomed the measures against Ankara, which was announced this week by the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Sigmar Gabriel. And "a few weeks ago, he criticized me for my clear position and accused me of populism," said Kurtz.
Gabriel said this week that Germany will review its policy towards Turkey, including in the economic field.
The latest incident, which further aggravated bilateral relations, concerns the detention of six human rights defenders in Turkey, among whom was German citizen Peter Shtoydtner. All of them are accused of assisting terrorist organizations.
- Evgeny Biyatov / RIA News
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