Deputy PM: EU not ready to accept Turkey yet
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 22 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
The European Union is not ready to accept Turkey yet, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said today, Anadolu agency reported.
According to him, at present Turkey is at the beginning of the process to join the EU, but this does not mean that Ankara is not ready to be a member.
Turkey's accession to the European Union has lost its attraction for the citizens of the country, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said earlier.
According to him, previously 75 per cent of the country's population expressed a preference for Turkey's accession to the EU, but now only 20 per cent show interest.
Earlier, it was reported that the Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis said Turkey may become an EU full member in the coming years if no artificial barriers are created.
According to him, Turkey has fulfilled 65 per cent of its commitments to the EU. Official negotiations on Turkey's accession began in 2005.