Leaders of Italy, Germany and France met in the UK in order to discuss a number of urgent and important issues. One of them is the solution of the migration crisis. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the Republic of Turkey plays a crucial role in tackling the issue of the movement of illegal refugees:

- Cooperation with Turkey is the right decision. Otherwise, we simply cannot overcome the immigration crisis. Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has warned that shouldn’t the European Union make steps targeting liberalization of the visa regime for citizens of the Republic, the further implementation of the Agreement on migratory crisis would be in danger. The Brussels guaranteed in the Agreement to introduce the visa-free travel until October this year.

Republic of Turkey is one of the founding members of the European Council, as well as an "associate" member of the EU since 1963. In 1987 the Republic became an official candidate for membership in the European Union.

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