EU Council President Tusk: EU Seeks To İmprove Relations With Turkey

donald_tusk550Polish prime minister said he and Erdogan discussed in a telephone call how to improve relations. He said the European Union welcomed Turkey’s efforts to care for Syrian refugees.

But referring to the arrests of journalists and others close to an opponent of Erdogan, Tusk added: “We also discussed developments in Turkey, including recent detentions and the importance of an impartial and transparent process in this regard. We agreed to remain in close contact and both looked forward to a meeting at the earliest possible opportunity.”

A week ago, Erdogan effectively told the EU to mind its own business after its foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and its commissioner in charge of membership negotiations described the arrests as incompatible with the bloc’s democratic values.

“We have no concern about what the EU might say, whether the EU accepts us as members or not, we have no such concern,” the Turkish leader had said. “Please keep your wisdom to yourself.”

The moves against allies of cleric Fethullah Gulen because they came just days after she led one of the highest-level EU visits to Turkey in years, aiming to revive a relationship that has been strained by European criticism of authoritarian tendencies in Ankara.