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Turkey ‘no longer expects anything’ from European Union: President Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Sunday that his nation “no longer expects anything from the European Union, which has kept us waiting at its door for 40 years”.

“We have kept all the promises we have made to the EU but they have kept almost none of theirs,” he stated earlier than an inaugural session of parliament.

The president added that he wouldn’t “tolerate any new demands or conditions on the accession process” for his nation to hitch the bloc.

Erdogan’s anger additionally stems from a judgement on Thursday by the European Courtroom of Human Rights (ECHR) that condemned Turkey for convicting a instructor within the wake of the 2016 tried coup on the grounds he had downloaded an encrypted messaging app linked with the alleged plotters.

The ruling that the rights of Yuksel Yalcinkaya had been violated might create a big precedent, with 1000’s of comparable circumstances pending earlier than the Strasbourg-based court docket.

Turkey blames a gaggle led by the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen for being behind the failed try to oust Erdogan, alleging {that a} messaging app known as ByLock was used to coordinate the plot.

Erdogan stated Sunday that the “decision of the ECHR was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

“(Turkey) will not turn back in its fight against this band of traitors,” he stated.

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