European Union to back Turkey in helping Syrian refugees


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that Ankara did not intend to take action against Russia over the poisoning case of former Russian double agent in United Kingdom, the Habertürk newspaper reported.

"I raised all of our concerns".

The two Greek military officials held in Turkey for nearly four weeks will remain in custody for the time being, according to the decision by a Turkish prosecutor on Tuesday, Skai TV reported.

Juncker said he was "looking with mixed feelings towards the summit because the differences in views between the European Union and Turkey are many".

The same message was repeated in Varna, with Erdogan stating that he had handed over information to the European Union leaders to explain Turkey's position that he claims respects global laws.

"We hope that this summit will open a new door, the relationship will gain a new acceleration", he said.During the summit, several matters relating to Turkey-EU relations, economy, counterterrorism, foreign policy, Palestine, the Balkans, Syria, Iraq and Libya will be discussed.

He warned against isolating Turkey.

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He defended his country's intervention in Afrin as a fight against terrorism that would also contribute to security in Europe and said that Turkey would continue its operations until the area has been purged from "terrorists".

Mr Al Abadi said he has ordered the military to take full control of the country's borders amid escalating tensions between Ankara and Turkey's rebel Kurds, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), based on the Iran-Iraq border.

He added that Turkey is sufficiently strong to cancel the state of emergency since the failed military coup in July 2016.

"The meeting in Varna is likely to be one of the last opportunities to maintain dialogue", said Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, whose nation holds the EU's rotating presidency.

At that meeting in Brussels, leaders condemned what they said were Turkey's illegal actions in a standoff over eastern Mediterranean gas reserves with bloc members Greece and Cyprus.

But both sides - with a joint interest in improving security cooperation and economic relations - will also not want the talks to fail.

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