European Parliament Approves Interruption of Talks on Turkey’s Accession to EU

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A resolution, calling for interruption of talks on Turkey’s accession to the EU, has been approved by the European Parliament at a plenary session in Strasbourg.

European Parliament Approves Interruption of Talks on Turkey's Accession to EU

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The European Parliament has approved a resolution, calling for interruption of talks on Turkey’s accession to the EU, at a plenary session in Strasbourg. Actions of the Turkish authorities were pointed out as a reason for such a decision.

At an announcement of voting results it was reported that “the resolution as a whole has been approved.”

Last week, head of the European diplomacy Federica Mogherini expressed a grave concern about events in Turkey on behalf of the 28 EU member states. According to Mogherini, first of all, they mean a possible cancellation of the moratorium on a death penalty, restrictions of free speech and media.

According to the Praym news agency, the EU has repeatedly stated that Ankara’s behavior calls into question its striving to join the EU. President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz even proposed to impose sanctions against Turkey due to ongoing detentions of oppositional activists and journalists in the country.

Turkey applied for membership in the EU in 1987. Negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU began in 2005. In March of this year, the negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU was intensified in exchange for a consent of the country’s authorities to help to reduce a flow of migrants, moving through its territory to the EU.

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