Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his desire to open “a new page” with the European Union during a telephone conversation with European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday, the Turkish leader’s first contact with a top European official. the sanctions imposed on Turkey at the EU Summit.
“Turkey wants to open a new page with the EU” and “resume talks with the EU examining the situation as a whole” and “on the basis of common interests”, according to a statement from the Turkish presidency, APE reports.
According to Erdogan, the immigration pact signed in 2016 between Turkey and the EU could be the starting point for creating a more “positive” climate.
At the same time, the Turkish president reiterated Ankara’s readiness for exploratory talks with Greece, claiming that the Greek side is constantly avoiding negotiations.
Stressing that Turkey’s policy in the Eastern Mediterranean is based on legitimacy, he argued that the Turkish side is always making the necessary efforts for a just, lasting and sustainable solution in the region.
“We hope that the EU will adopt a constructive and prudent attitude towards Turkey,” the Turkish president said, a day after US sanctions were imposed on the Turkish Defense Industry over the purchase and acquisition of Russian S-400 systems.
Information from the EU
Earlier in the day, a European official was quoted as saying that Charles Michel briefed Erdogan on the conclusions of the Eastern Mediterranean Summit, stressing the need for lasting and in-depth resumption of exploratory contacts with Greece.
At the same time, he stressed that the President of the European Council stressed the need for the resumption of talks on the settlement of the Cyprus issue under the auspices of the United Nations as soon as possible.
Finally, Charles Michel and Tayyip Erdogan agreed to keep the channels of communication open.