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Turkey-EU ties on better footing, EU's Borrell says

"We remain concerned about the (human rights) situation in Turkey," Borrell said

Reuters , Thursday 21 Jan 2021
Josep Borrell
EU commisioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell gives a speech on the arrest of Russia's most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a plenary session on EU global strategy on Covid-19 vaccinations at the EU parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 19, 2021 REUTERS
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Turkey and the European Union have started the year positively and steps to restart talks with Greece over hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean are welcome, but the EU remains concerned about human rights, the bloc's top envoy said on Thursday.

"We have seen an improvement in the overall atmosphere ... we strongly wish to see a sustainable de-escalation in the eastern Mediterranean," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu before their meeting.

"We remain concerned about the (human rights) situation in Turkey," Borrell said. 

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