“The damage will be multiple for the European Union,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned and threatened that “without the help of Ankara, EU member states may be flooded with waves of migrants.” In the same wave length, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened that “if Europe goes too far, our doors will open.”
Yildirim’s threats came in form of a televised address to the nation, after the European Parliament vote to freeze EU’s accession talks with Turkey.
“We are one of the factors that protect Europe. If the refugees cross our borders, will flood and overwhelm Europe and Turkey prevents this from happening,” the Turkish PM said adding “I accept that the interruption of relations with Europe will harm Turkey, but the damage for Europe will be five to six times bigger.”
He reiterated that the European Parliament vote to freeze Turkey’s membership does not carry any importance as the ties between the EU and Turkey are already “forced relations”.
“The EU should decide whether it wants to continue its future vision with or without Turkey,” Yıldırım said.
“The European Parliament contradicts itself by taking such decisions while claiming that Turkey is an essential partner for the EU’s security. We expect EU leaders to stand up against this lack of vision,” the prime minister added.
On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a motion calling on “the European Commission and on the Member States to initiate a temporary freeze of the ongoing accession negotiations with Turkey”. The motion was adopted by 479 YES votes to 37 NO and 107 abstentions.
Friday morning, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated the threats of the Prime Minister and made clear that “if Europe goes too far, our doors will open.”