The Turkish government has announced its suspension of the readmission agreement concluded with the EU in 2016, the so-called ‘EU-Turkey deal’. This was a response to the EU sanctioning Turkey’s gas drilling operations in Cypriot waters. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

In an interview with TGRT, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu announced that his government is suspending its migrant readmission agreement with the EU.

The foreign minister said this was not only due to the EU’s recent sanctions. The decision was also taken because the EU still had not introduced the agreed-on visa-free regime for Turkish citizens.

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