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    Ankara Accuses EU Parliament of 'Shifting From European Values'

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    ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticised the European Parliament on Thursday for passing a resolution that calls to suspend Turkey’s EU accession.

    "Unfortunately, the number of far-right members in the European Parliament is rising. Their actions are shifting the Parliament away from European values", Cavusoglu said at a press briefing.

    The non-binding resolution was adopted a week ago. It was backed by 370 members of the 751-seat parliament, with 109 voting against it and 143 abstaining.

    READ MORE: Turkey Intends to Fulfil 6 Final Benchmarks for Visa-Free Entry to EU

    Turkey has been in off-and-on talks on joining the European Union since 2005. Brussels promised Ankara to re-energise the negotiations in return for taking back mostly Syrian migrants but a coup attempt in Turkey months later prompted a crackdown and strained its ties with the bloc.


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