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Why Europe Should 'Beware of Cooperation With Erdogan'

© AP Photo / Vadim GhirdaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Sputnik International
If Europe wants cooperation with Turkish President Recep Erdogan it should realize that the cost of his help may be too high.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives at the Auberge de Castille palace, the Prime Minister office, on the occasion of an informal European Union and African leaders summit on migration in Valletta, Malta, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. - Sputnik International
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The EU is set to implement a truly absurd scenario. According to the deal, Brussels offered Turkey a package of three billion euros and resumed admission talks. However the deal is likely only to encourage Erdogan’s cupidity, Adriel Kasonta wrote in his article for The National Interest.

Europe should beware of joint initiatives with Turkey as they may pose a threat to the principles and values the EU has built on, according to the article.

"It is quite astonishing how hypocritical we can be in the wake of terrorism and the urgent need to defend our way of living, in order to turn a blind eye to Turkey’s human rights failings, and bow to Ankara’s money demands," the author wrote.

Amid recent reports of Ankara supplying weapons to terrorists and Moscow’s evidence of the Erdogan family’s involvement in illegal oil trade, it is still unclear how Turkey could help solve the crisis it fuels. And after the downing of the Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria, the situation has become clearly absurd.

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The EU wants effective cooperation with Erdogan. At the same time, Turkey committed an act of military aggression against Russia which has been carrying out intensified airstrikes against Daesh in response to a string of terrorist attacks in Paris, the article read.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the biggest contributor to this "dirty deal" as it has been described by many. She put pressure on the rest of the EU member states to finalize the agreement.

However, the very idea has been strongly criticized by Eastern European countries like Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland.
For instance, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said: "We don't want to sit down for talks with Turkey, making them think that they are our last chance of saving us."

Nevertheless, if President of the European Council Donald Tusk may be right, saying that Europe has no other options but to make a deal with a country whose principles and goals have always been different from those of Europe.

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