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Turkey Expects Steps From 'Allies From EU' on Visa Liberalization

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Ankara is expecting steps from the European Union toward abolishing visa regime for Turkish citizens, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In March, Brussels and Ankara agreed on a deal under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis in return for a visa-free regime for Turkish nationals.

"The European Union should not demand Turkey to ease fight against terrorism. Our allies from the EU should be with us. EU-Turkey negotiations on anti-terrorism laws and readmission agreement continue and we are expecting steps from the EU on the Schengen matter in the coming days," Kalin said during a press briefing in Ankara.

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The European Union has 72 requirements for Turkey, most of them already fulfilled by Ankara, but Turkey is yet to meet the requirements on the revision of Turkey’s national anti-terrorism laws, freedom of the press, measures on combating corruption, judicial cooperation with all EU member countries.

On May 6, the Turkish president said that Ankara would not revise its anti-terrorism legislation under the EU-Turkey deal on migration. On May 29, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that visa-free regime between Turkey and the 28-nation bloc would be possible only if Ankara fulfilled all 72 EU requirements.

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