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EU-Turkey ties at ‘watershed moment’, EU’s top envoy says

FILE PHOTO: The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell wears a face mask as he arrives for a family photo at the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Berlin, Germany August 28, 2020. On the right is Kay Nietfeld/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s relationship with Turkey is at a turning point, the bloc’s top diplomat said on Tuesday, urging Ankara to back down from conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and uphold basic human rights in the country.

Ties “are at a watershed moment in history, which will go to one side or the other, depending on what happens in the next days,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament.

EU leaders are set to meet next week to discuss Turkey.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Marine Strauss)

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