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Turkish Foreign Minister Offers Harsh Criticism Of NATO, EU

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (file photo)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized some NATO partner states for refusing to sell equipment or share intelligence with his country and has accused the European Union of "humiliating" his country.

In an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper published on August 15, Cavusoglu said "we must…cooperate with other partners on buying and selling weapons systems."

He emphasized, however, that Turkey remains "one of NATO's biggest supporters" and said speculation that Ankara might leave the bloc is being circulated "by anti-Turkish circles, not by us."

Cavusoglu also said that the EU was "humiliating" Turkey by not agreeing to visa-free travel in exchange for Turkey's role in coping with the migrant crisis.

He said Turkey had made intense efforts "to fulfill the conditions of accession to the EU" over many years, but had received "only threats, insults, and a total blockage" in return.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Bild