President Erdogan urged the bloc to show the same “sensitivity” it demonstrated for Ukraine
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called upon the EU to show the “same sensitivity” for the country’s membership aspirations it demonstrated for Ukraine, which has been hit by Russia’s large-scale attack.
“We appreciate the efforts to get Ukraine into the EU. But I say to these EU members: Why are you still worried about taking Turkey into the EU? Show the same sensitivity for Turkey as you do about Ukraine,” Erdogan said on Tuesday.
Will you put Turkey on your agenda when someone attacks [us] too?
Kiev has renewed its push for EU membership amid the war in Ukraine, launched last Thursday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lodged a formal membership bid on Monday, urging the bloc to take the country in as soon as possible. Top EU officials, however, have warned the accession process could take “years” for Ukraine.
Speaking at the European Parliament the following day, Zelensky said the EU would become “stronger” with Ukraine, urging the MEPs to “prove” they are European enough. Turkey’s Erdogan said he was highly impressed with the speech of his Ukrainian counterpart.
“We applaud Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the European Parliament. That was very good,” he said.