Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that his country “expects nothing more from the European Union, which has kept us waiting at the door for forty years.”
“We have kept all the promises we made to the EU, but they have kept almost none of theirs,” he said before an opening session of parliament.
The president added that he would “not tolerate any new demands or conditions on the accession process” for his country’s entry into the bloc.
Erdogan’s anger also stems from a ruling Thursday by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) that condemned Turkey for convicting a teacher in the aftermath of the 2016 coup attempt on the grounds that that he had downloaded an encrypted messaging app linked to the alleged conspirators.
The ruling that Yuksel Yalcinkaya’s rights had been violated could set an important precedent, with thousands of similar cases brought before the court in Strasbourg.
Turkey accuses a group led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen of being behind the failed attempt to oust Erdogan, claiming a messaging app called ByLock was used to coordinate the plot.
Erdogan said on Sunday that the “ECHR decision was the straw that broke the camel’s back”.
“(Turkey) will not back down in its fight against this gang of traitors,” he said.
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