Turkey rejects joining Eastern Partnership

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkey will not join the Eastern Partnership, a Turkish official said.

"The talks with the EU are held for Turkey's full-fledged membership in the Union. So, we can't accept an offer which conflicts with the EU previous decisions," said Yasar Yakis, ex-Foreign Minister and chairman of Turkey-EU parliamentary commission, Trend Azeri news agency reports.

The Eastern Partnership targets six of the EU's immediate eastern neighbors - Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and, provisionally, Belarus.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, speaking for the current EU presidency, said that Turkey may also be invited.

The final shape of the project will emerge at an EU summit on March 19-20.
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