Brussels on Tuesday issued a warning to Turkey that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s calls to boycott French products contravened the spirit of trade arrangements with the EU and would “take Turkey even further away from the European Union.”
A spokesperson for the European Commission said that such a threat undermined the political goodwill on which key planks of the economic relationship between the EU and Ankara were supposed to be based.
“EU agreements with Turkey foresee free trade of goods. The bilateral obligations that Turkey has committed to under these agreements (as expressed in the Association Agreement, the Customs Union and the agricultural and coal and steel FTAs) should be fully respected,” the spokesperson said.
“Calls for a boycott of products of any member state are contrary to the spirit of these obligations and will take Turkey even further away from the European Union.”
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