Azerbaijan, Baku, October 17/ Trend R. Hafizoglu /
Turkey's accession to the European Union has lost its appeal for the citizens of the country, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said, Haber 7 TV Channel reported on Thursday.
According to him, if previously 75 per cent of the country expressed their preference for Turkey's accession to the EU, now only 20 per cent want to go ahead.
The Deputy Prime Minister also added that the European Union has only itself to blame.
"Despite the double standards of the EU towards Turkey, Ankara has been doing its utmost to get full membership of this organisation," Arinc said.
Earlier it was reported that Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagish said Turkey may become a full member of the EU in the coming years, if no artificial barriers are imposed upon it.
According to him, Turkey has fulfilled 65 percent of its commitments to the EU.
Formal negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU started in 2005.
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