Erdogan Slams Anti-Terror Law Changes EU Requires for Visa-Free Regime

© AP Photo / Presidential Press Service/Kayhan OzerTurkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Sputnik International
Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan on Friday spoke out against EU requirements for changes to Turkey's anti-terrorism legislation under the EU-Turkey deal on migration.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the European Commission recommended a conditional implementation of a visa-free regime with Turkey as part of the EU-Turkey deal on migration. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans outlined several conditions that need to be fulfilled by Turkey before its citizens can be allowed to enter Europe without a visa. These included adopting anti-corruption measures, implementing judicial reforms, providing data protection and updating its anti-terrorism legislation.

"[The] EU asks Turkey to change its terror laws for [a] visa exemption; let [PKK] [Kurdistan Workers' Party] terrorists erect tents. You go your way, we'll go ours," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper's official Twitter account.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, is greeted by European Council President Donald Tusk prior to a meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. - Sputnik International
Dark Side of EU-Turkey Deal: 'Dirty Blackmail Agreement With Erdogan'
In mid-March, the European Union and Ankara agreed on a deal under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the 28-member bloc pledged to accelerate the Turkish EU accession bid and introduce a visa-free regime between Turkey and Europe.

Turkey has yet to meet the EU requirements on human rights, press freedom and minority treatment necessary to qualify for free travel.

At the same time, Turkey has been hit by numerous terrorist attacks in recent months, with both Islamist and Kurdish militant groups allegedly responsible for the ferocious acts. Animosity arouse between Turkish law enforcement agencies and the Kurds last summer after a number of attacks against Turkish police and military personnel, for which Ankara blamed the PKK.

Turkey has been accused by human rights groups of alleged torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings by security forces in its treatment of the Kurds.

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