Turkey’s Cyprus snub ‘a sign of disrespect to EU’

Turkey?s decision to boycott Cyprus?s presidency of the European Union is a sign of disrespect for European norms and will do nothing to advance Ankara?s ambitions of joining the 27-member bloc, Greece said on Tuesday.

?Turkey was wrong to waste the opportunity of Cyprus?s presidency. Ankara wasted a major opportunity and, eventually, undermined its own European path,? Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos (photo) said during a visit by his Cypriot counterpart, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, to Athens.

He said the decision to break off relations with the presidency during Cyprus?s six-month term, which began in July, showed contempt for EU institutions.

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