The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has called “shameful” the statement of the Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron that the country will join the European Union not earlier than 3000 years, reports the newspaper Milliyet.
“If someone says that Turkey will join the EU not earlier than the year 3000, it’s his shame, not ours,” said Kurtulmus, speaking in Parliament.
Last week, Cameron expressed doubt that Turkey will enter the EU before the year 3000. “Even in the plans there is no chance that Turkey will soon become an EU member. The country applied in 1987. And with the current progress [in the negotiations] they probably will be able to join the Union around the year 3000, according to the latest forecasts,” said Cameron.
In early may, the European Commission suggested the European Parliament and the EU Council to lift visa regime with Turkey. This step was discussed in the framework of the deal by Brussels and Ankara to resolve the migration crisis. For the abolition of the visa restrictions, the Turkish authorities have until the end of June to fulfill the remaining five of the 72 points of the “road map”.
However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara will not make changes to anti-terrorism legislation needed to meet the criteria of the agreement with the European Union on the abolition of visas.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she will support the introduction of a visa-free regime, if Turkey fulfills the condition for the return of illegal migrants. However, she stressed that the issue of Turkey’s admission to the European Union “is not on the agenda”.