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Turkish Foreign Ministry condemns as “unacceptable” EU Council conclusions

Turkey condemned as “unacceptable” statements by EU leaders bitterly critical of Ankara’s policies towards EU member Cyprus and Greece, raising tensions days ahead of  the key EU-Turkey Summit in Varna.

“The statement that was issued contained unacceptable comments against our country that serve the interests of Greece and the Greek Cypriots,” foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy told reporters in Ankara on Friday.

“The EU has simply lost its objectivity on the Cyprus issue,” Aksoy said and accused the EU of backing Athens and Nicosia “because they are members, without considering if they are right.”

In a joint statement issued late on Thursday, the 28 EU leaders condemned “Turkey for its illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea”, expressed “full solidarity with Cyprus and Greece” and “grave concern about the two Greek soldiers in Turkish detention.

EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker are to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Bulgarian city of Varna, on Monday, March 26th.

Tusk and Juncker are committed to bring the issue of the two Greek soldiers to Erdogan, Greek media report.

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  1. Mr cavasoglou the European Union knows turkey violates international laws . You can’t block Cyprus drilling , Cyprus is a UN EU nation , north Cyprus is not Turkey can’t make their own rules . Only call international laws when favor them . The 2 Greek soldiers arrest is illegal, happens all the time if you ever go to ebros you see the problem . I serve there we arrest Turkish soldiers , and return them back to turkey . We also chase your commandos entering at night , I spend many nights looking for them hiding in bushes trying to spy our millitary bases . 254 mettetrs is nothing top secret tooooo close to the borders . Be real .tell that to people don’t know the area around Edirne I know very well .