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 German Foreign Ministry: Europe should not push Turkey in the direction of Russia

Germany opposes the demands to halt Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.

Censor.NET reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.

The talks of EU foreign ministers in Malta highlighted sharp differences on ties with Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in a referendum to reform the constitution gave him increased powers.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that his government was "strictly against breaking off the accession talks... It would be the completely wrong reaction."

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"In NATO, we did not even exclude Turkey even during the times of military dictatorship (there). Why should we now have an interest in pushing it in the direction of Russia?" he said as he arrived for the meeting in Malta.
 
 
 
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