The flags of the EU (left) and Turkey
Turkey may suspend all of its agreements with the European Union, including concerning the Customs Union if Brussels are in talks with Ankara will continue its policy of double standards. This was stated by Advisor to the President of Turkey, Yigit Bulut TRT Haber TV channel, reports Reuters.
Turkey and the EU are negotiating a broad range of issues, the most serious of which are the issues of the Customs Union and the deal on migrants.
Turkey is the only country which, not being an EU member, since 1996 has had a Customs Union. Recently Ankara seeking review of the conditions of this Union with the EU. At the end of 2015, the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkır said in an interview with NTV, that in 2016 it is planned to start negotiations with Brussels, during which the conditions of Turkey’s participation in the Customs Union of the EU can be revised.
Another issue to be discussed between Ankara and Brussels, and visa. March 18, at the summit of EU — Turkey agreements have also been reached, according to which from July 1, visa to Europe for Turkish citizens should be lifted. 11 may it became known that the European Parliament has suspended work on the grant Turkey a visa-free regime before the implementation of Ankara to EU requirements.
The most acute problem today between Turkey and the EU — the issue of migrants. On March 18 the parties agreed that all illegal migrants, who moved to Greece in the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route, must be sent back to Turkey, which instead needs to obtain additional funding from Brussels in the amount of €3 billion.
As reported by EUobserver, the parties agreed on a plan for return of migrants in General terms, but are unable to agree on the four most pressing issues: the legal status of the transaction, the date of commencement of its action, the allocation of an additional €3 billion and the resumption of negotiations on accession to the EU. These negotiations were suspended at the initiative of the French in 2007.
In April, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened the EU’s refusal to deal on migrants in case if Brussels refuses to fulfill its obligations.