Austria is in favor of further rapprochement between Ankara and Brussels, but cannot imagine Türkiye's full membership of the European Union (EU), Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said, calling for an end to membership negotiations between Türkiye and the EU.
While there were warm messages from the EU after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements, a scandalous statement came from Austria, known for its anti-Türkiye attitude. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer called for the termination of Türkiye's accession negotiations.
Speaking to the German daily Welt, Nehammer said he would like to see improved relations between Ankara and Brussels but could not imagine Türkiye becoming a full member of the European Union.
Nehammer expressed his wish for a new partnership between the European Union and Türkiye based on mutual trust and cooperation.
"It is important that we are honest with each other. This includes formally ending the accession negotiations, which have been frozen for years, and developing a new concept for cooperation," said the Austrian Chancellor.
He stated that they have taken successful steps at the bilateral level to improve relations between Türkiye and Austria.
"I will also meet with Turkish President Erdogan in the near future," he said.
Nehammer also touched upon the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. He said that Ukraine, not the West, can decide on the ceasefire. Nehammer underlined the importance of including countries such as Türkiye, Saudi Arabia, China, and India in the ceasefire and peace negotiations.
In its report, Welt emphasized that Turkey remains a very important partner for the EU and highlighted the recent statement by Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan.
"The European Union cannot be a truly global player without Türkiye. The accession process must be revitalized. We expect bolder steps from Europe," Fidan said.