The President of the European Council (EUCO) Donald Tusk visited Cyprus on Friday, where he held a joint press conference with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.
President Tusk slammed Turkish President Erdogan for his earlier provocative statements, in which he threatened the EU by saying he would send millions of new refugees to the continent.
”We will never accept that refugees are weaponized and used to blackmail us. President Erdogan’s threats of yesterday are totally out of place,” Tusk declared to reporters in Nicosia. He added that Turkey must understand that Europe’s main concern is that Turkish actions may lead to another humanitarian catastrophe.
Turkey must understand that our main concern is that their actions may lead to another humanitarian catastrophe. And we will never accept that refugees are weaponised and used to blackmail us. President Erdogan’s threats of yesterday are totally out of place.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) October 11, 2019
”Turkey’s unilateral military operation in northern Syria is of grave concern and should stop,” the outgoing European leader asserted.
Regarding the repeated Turkish provocations which have taken place inside Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, Tusk stated that the European Council has strongly condemned these illegal actions.
”In light of the new drilling activities by Turkey since the end of last week, I reconfirm that the EU stands united behind you. I call on Turkey to end these activities as they do not only undermine the recent efforts to resume Cyprus settlement talks but they also undermine good neighborly relations between the EU as a whole and Turkey,” Tusk told the press.
The European Council President also referred to the Brexit process and the uncertainty over when, how — or if — if the UK will leave the EU on October 31.
”Unfortunately, we are still in a situation in which the UK has not come forward with a workable, realistic proposal,” Tusk stated, concluding his remarks by adding, ”A no-deal Brexit will never be the choice of the EU.”