ISTANBUL (QHA) -

On November 24, at the regular meeting of the European Parliament a vote on the issue of Turkey's membership in the European Union will take place.

According to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the decision of the European Parliament, whatever it will be, does not mean anything for Turkey, as cited by the AA.

“Tomorrow the European Parliament will hold a meeting and vote on the subject of negotiations with Turkey on EU membership. I appeal to the whole world: Whatever the outcome will be, the decision of this vote does not mean anything for Turkey,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish President also drew attention to the unfounded criticism of Western countries against Turkey after the military coup on July 15:

“Instead of supporting the Turkish people, who defended their democracy, the West upholds the policy of double standards towards Turkey.”
Republic of Turkey is one of the founding members of the Council of Europe, as well as the "associate" member of the EU since 1963. Officially the Republic became a candidate for membership in the European Union in 1987, but negotiations on the full accession of Turkey to the organization began only in 2005.

In 2016, Ankara and Brussels signed the new Agreement, which was the next stage in the negotiations on Turkey's membership in the European Union. The decision to introduce visa-free regime for Turkey is part of this Agreement: In its framework, Turkey has agreed to take back migrants who illegally profit from its territory to Greece. The significant flow of refugees who fled to Syria because of the civil war and the unceasing hostilities caused a political crisis in a number of European Union countries.

PHOTO: AA

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