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    Turkey will stop fulfilling its obligations under the deal with the European Union, if Brussels does not set the date for the lifting of visa regime, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In May, the European Commission recommended that the European Parliament vote on visa-free regime for Turkey once the country met all 72 conditions required by Brussels, notably those related to data protection and anti-terrorism laws, among other issues.

    Changes to the anti-terrorism laws, on which Brussels insists, will jeopardize EU safety as well, Celik said in an interview with Haberturk television.

    In 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 bloc pledged to accelerate the Turkish EU accession bid and introduce a visa-free regime.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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