Timo Soini: « Turkey will not become EU member at least in 20 years »

Summary:

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini says the EU should make sure that relations with Turkey do not become too inflamed because of disputes. According to Mr Soini, the EU should demand Turkey to respect human rights and state of law but avoid unnecessary confrontation. Turkey should be kept close for reasons relating to the economy and security policy. According to Mr Soini, membership negotiations between the EU and Turkey are currently in a bad state and Turkey will not become a member of the EU at least in 20 years. The minister is concerned about Turkey’s motives in the war in Syria.

Media:  Helsingin Sanomat (E-edition) 

Date: 3.9.2016

Journalist: Pekka Mykkänen

Main source: Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini

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