Following the EU-Turkey Summit in Varna, Bulgaria, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed Brussels’ strong concerns about Turkey’s actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, as well as about the detention of EU citizens. As a matter of fact, Mr. Juncker asked that the Greek military officers be promptly released, if it is possible before the Orthodox Easter.

On his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he discussed with Europeans the necessary steps to improve EU-Turkey relations. He hopes that both sides have left behind the difficult era of bad relations, and stressed that he expects support and not criticism from Brussels, in his fight against terrorism. Government sources in Athens appear satisfied, since, “For the first time, the EU sent a clear message to Turkey that no progress in EU-Turkey relations can be made without progress in Turkey’s relations with Greece and Cyprus.”

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou