EU attitude toward Turkey far from constructive: Erdogan

ANKARA 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Thursday the European Union for its attitude toward Turkey, calling it “far from constructive”. 

“Recently, the EU’s attitude toward our country is far from constructive,” Erdogan said at a news conference in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Erdogan said bilateral problems of some EU member countries with Turkey should not hinder the relations between Turkey and the EU.

His remarks came after co-chairing the 4th meeting of the Turkey-Hungary High Level Strategic Cooperation Council with Orban.

The president reiterated that Turkey hosts 4 million refugees and “significant number” of them are “likely to migrate, especially to Europe.”

Erdogan said Turkey will continue hosting Syrian people “whether or not support comes” from the EU.

However, he said: ”If it gets out of hand, we are to open the doors.”

Orban, for his part, said it is not possible to stop migration flow to Europe without Turkey.

He said Turkey should be supported in its efforts for the return of refugees to their homeland.
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