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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu threatens EU: “They will regret it”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu reacted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decision to move Turkey back to ‘political monitoring,’ process saying, “They will regret it,” in an interview with Haberturk television.

The Assembly (PACE) has decided to reopen a ‘political monitoring’ process against Turkey following the April 16 referendum on constitutional reform citing the failure to fulfill its obligations under the Council of Europe membership.

Speaking to Bahar Bakir from Haberturk, Cavusoglu said that the European Union (EU) is wasting Turkey’s time. He continued to say; “We can have another referendum if necessary, and if we do, a ‘Stop the EU process’ could win. EU wants Turkey neither to join nor leave entirely.”

‘We will pay the minimum.’

Reminding that Turkey’s contribution to the PACE budget has been increased in the past years, Cavusoglu said, ” We will make the minimum required payment. We are trying to decide whether or not to send a delegation [to PACE]. We’re not going to be co-operating like we used to. There are other steps we can take. They should know that they will regret this decision.”

Cavusoglu said that Turkey will not be outdone if there is a discussion about suspending the membership negotiations at the EU Informal Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Malta. He said “We would respond saying ‘Do it if you can.’ They should do it if they can. The decision needs to be unanimous. We would give them the answer they deserve. We are not going there to fight, but we’re not going to be quiet in the face of injustice.”

By Osman Bilgin

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