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.