Turkey expects from the European Union (EU) as much as possible a speedy decision to grant Turkish citizens visa-free access to the EU. This was stated by the official representative of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalyn, reports Reuters.
The introduction of a visa-free regime for short trips of citizens of Turkey is one of the provisions of the agreement between the EU and Ankara to restrict migratory flows. The heads of the EU member states of State and Government in March last year agreed on a plan of settlement migration crisis in which all illegal migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey, should be returned back. At the same time the EU has pledged to provide Turkey € 6 billion for costs related to hosting refugees.
However, the EU has not yet made a decision on granting the right to visa-free entry for citizens of Turkey. As one of the conditions for visa liberalization, the EU requires Turkey to revise existing in this country hard anti-terrorism legislation. Ankara refuses to comply with this requirement and at the same time insists on the EU to fulfill its obligations under the visa-free status, threatening otherwise to terminate the agreement on migrants.