Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted the validity of minutes from his negotiations with European Union leaders on Syrian refugees that were recently leaked to the press, saying the statements did not cause shame but provided “absolution.” (Hurriyet News)
A strong face to face between Turkey President Erdogan and the President of the European Commission Juncker has been revealed by a leaked file by Greek magazine Euro2day.
When Juncker confirmed that EU proposal would be of 3bn (and not 6bn) to help Turkey with refugees crisis, Erdogan replied:
“We don’t need EU money anyway. We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses”
When Juncker noted that in order to help Turkey, the EU postponed the progress report on Turkey after the election, Erdogan replied:
“The progress report did not help AKP (Erdogan’s party) to win election. Anyway, the report was an insult. Who prepared this report? (…). This is not the real Turkey. Most Turks don’t want to become members of the EU because of reports like that”.
Erdogan noted that the EU hasn’t do anything for Turkey for more that 53 years. Juncker replied that “during these 53 years, Turkey hasn’t always been a democracy for example”. Erdogan reacted:
“Neither were Germany and the UK, which lead to a great war. Nor Greece, Portugal, Spain etc.. and Juncker shouldn’t compare Turkey with Luxembourg. Luxembourg is just like a town in Turkey”.