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Visa-Free Regime for Ukraine EU's Attempt to Expand Sphere of Influence – Turkey

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The European Parliament’s decision to approve the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukraine demonstrates that Brussels wants to expand its sphere of influence and achieve strategic dominance over Moscow, according to Cahit Ozkan, a member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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Visa-Free Regime for Ukraine? 'Another Kind of Danger Europe Will Have to Face'
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Parliament’s decision to approve the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukraine demonstrates that Brussels wants to expand its sphere of influence and achieve strategic dominance over Moscow, Cahit Ozkan, a member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), told Sputnik Thursday.

“We clearly see that only in order expand its sphere of influence and to achieve strategic superiority over Russia the European Parliament decided to abolish visas for Ukraine, which had not implemented all necessary requirements for this,” Ozkan said.

He added that the parliament’s decision was taken due to the fact that Ukraine had agreed to be under Western economic, political and cultural control.

Ozkan stressed that if the July military coup attempt in Turkey was successful, the European Union would probably consider a visa-free regime for Turkey’s nationals too, which would drive the country under the Western influence as it was happening in the case of Ukraine.

Earlier in the day, the European Parliament approved the mechanism that would allow the implementation of visa-free regime with Ukraine and Georgia.

On November 24, European lawmakers voted in favor of freezing EU accession talks with Turkey until it lifts restrictive measures in the country in place since the failed coup on July 15.

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