Caught red-handed. They don’t know what’s the EU law on Migrants’ readmission, its connection to bilateral agreement between Greece and Turkey. The EU, Germany and the NATO got it all wrong, while the Commission said that the bilateral agreement is “point of reference” to EU-Turkey deal.
The European Union and the NATO have not much to say about Turkey’s unilateral decision to cancel the agreement with Greece and suspend the readmission of migrants, as Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, announced on Thursday as retaliation for the release of the 8 Turkish Servicemen.
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has called for “restraint and calm”, while EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini said that the agreement is a bilateral one between Greece and Turkey, claiming it will not affect the EU-Turkey deal, and so did Germany. However, the European Commission warned Turkey that it needs to keep implementing the agreement as it is one of the “benchmarks” for the liberalization of visas for Turkish citizens.
Speaking to journalists following the Defense Ministers’ meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) in Brussels, Stoltenberg said he discussed the ongoing feud between the two NATO allies with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Greek government.
“I think that my main message today is the importance of showing your restraint and calm, because it is important to try to solve these issues, and therefore restraint and calm is my most important message today,” Stoltenberg said.