Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will not change its anti-terrorism laws in order to meet EU requirements, which are necessary in order to give the people of Turkey visa-free travel to the bloc.
“The EU says: ‘You will change the anti-terror law for visas,’” Erdogan said in a televised speech in Istanbul, as reported by AFP. “Pardon me, but we are going our way and you can go yours.”
The EU had a list of 72 requirements that Ankara needs to abide by in order to get visa-free travel for its citizens. The changing of anti-terror legislation is one of the five remaining steps that Turkey needs to take, as well as the protection of personal data.
Erdogan’s comments come a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he was stepping down from his position. The former PM had championed closer links with the EU and was in favor of introducing visa-free travel for Turks, which was a key part of a deal between Brussels and Ankara to reduce the amount of migrants looking to enter the EU from Turkish territory.
“Why aren’t you changing your mindset when you allowed terrorists who put up tents close to the EU Parliament?” Erdogan said, in an apparent reference to tents that had been erected by Kurdish activists near the European Union Council building in Brussels in March, AFP reported.
Source: RT World