The EU is in no position to dictate to Turkey when it comes to fighting terrorism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after EU lawmakers voted to call for halting membership talks with Ankara.
An annual report by the European Commission on Turkey's candidacy for European Union accession slams it for press freedom repression and post-coup attacks on the judiciary sphere, German media reported.
In a new wave of post-coup purges, Turkish authorities have arrested the editor-in-chief and several columnists of the independent Cumhuriyet newspaper, also raiding the homes of the paper’s executives, who are currently under investigation.
Fethullah Gulen’s movement was founded by the US special services, claims a Turkish prosecutor. Authorities in Ankara have accused the US-based cleric of masterminding the attempted military coup on July 15.
EU nations don’t want Turkey as a full member state, but rather they want a special relationship with the country, and keep it as a buffer zone between the Middle East, Adel Darwish, political commentator, historian and author told RT.
Turkey’s ambassador to Russia has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance has no right to dictate foreign policy to Ankara. Meanwhile, Turkey’s foreign minister reiterated that his country has options outside of NATO when it comes to defense cooperation.