Turkey summit ends in failure, with Erdogan not answering to concerns

Temperatures rose further last week after European Union leaders condemned Turkey's "illegal actions" towards Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

"Our aim is to cleanse the region of terrorists, but unfortunately those terrorists benefited from military equipment given to them by our strategic partners", Erdogna said, adding he has intelligence that confirms that.

"The two presidents discussed preparations for a regular meeting of the top-level Cooperation Council between Russia and Turkey and the second summit of the Astana process guarantor nations - Russia, Turkey and Iran - due to be held in early April in Ankara", the Kremlin said.

BSP wants a written record of the talks with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Varna to see if Bulgaria had a firm position against previous statements by President Erdogan, including the one that Turkey's soul boundaries extend to Kardzhali, Kornelia Ninova said. But Erdogan added: "We are going to remind them (Tusk and Juncker) once more that Turkey will not tolerate hypocrisy".

Turkish President Erdogan stressed that the equal involvement of Turkish Cypriots in decision-making on natural resources around the island is in accordance with worldwide law.

Temperatures were raised after European Union leaders last week condemned Turkey's "illegal actions" towards Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

At a summit described as "charged with great tension" by host nation Bulgaria, the bloc vowed to keep funds flowing for a refugee deal with Ankara, but disappointed Turkey with their demands for deeper trade ties or visa-free travel to Europe. So far this incentive has not been realised and Erdogan is expected to press this strongly in the talks.

"We encourage Turkey to work with the Council of Europe, of which Turkey has been a member longer than most EU Member States".

The presence of Iraqi government forces in Sinjar and the border region will also embolden Baghdad in its tense relations with Turkey. "The EU also stands ready to assist", Tusk said. The EU has already committed €3 billion to help Turkey manage the refugee influx and another €3 billion is on the way.

Brussels has repeatedly criticised the post-coup crackdown, which has seen almost 160,000 people detained, including dozens of journalists.

The issue of Turkey's membership negotiations began in 2005, then stalled for five years and have now effectively collapsed.

Abadi also "rejected any violation by Turkey" of Iraqi territory after Ankara warned it was "inevitable" Turkey would launch an attack on PKK forces in Iraq.

  • Rogelio Becker