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Regarding the statements of France and the Czech Republic as “We will not resign to Turkey’s blackmailing” Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs and the Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır stated that he felt sorrow that the leaders of some EU countries accused Turkey of ‘blackmailing’.

Bozkır also said: “If it’s blackmail to submit a proposal to prevent illegal immigration that is reaching 6,000 a day, it means that this issue has not been understood in any way”.

Pointing out the very difficult negotiations to be held at the Summit, Bozkır said “Our proposal plan is valid at this stage. We expect our proposal to be accepted and reach significant results for the EU and Turkey. We will continue the negotiations with goodwill”.

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