EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik spoke to reporters in Sofia after meeting Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva.
A Turkish minister accused the European Union of having “double standards” in cooperating with his country on fight against terrorism.
The EU does not show same solidarity with Turkey in fight against Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and PKK terrorist groups as it shows against Daesh, Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said.
Celik mentioned that some of the European leaders are yet to visit Turkey for solidarity against the last year's defeated coup.
“It is a weakness of the EU that it does not declare FETO as a terrorist organization,” he said.
The minister underlined that Turkey’s fight against Daesh, PKK and FETO is not only for its own safety but also for the security of Europe.
“Some of them are realizing it now but some will understand when it is too late,” he added.
Highlighting the importance of the country, Celik said “Turkey is a key country for the EU” in the context of economic development and security issues.
However, he said, the bloc has double standards toward Turkey in its EU membership bid.
“You demand Turkey to make political reforms and then you cut funds for the reforms. This is a double standard and the EU should give up the practice of this double standard,” he said.
The minister also criticized the EU for not providing the funds promised for Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Celik underlined that Turkey has spent $25 billion while hosting over 3 million refugees, more than any other country in the world.