Finland against stopping Turkey's EU accession bid as ministers meet

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 6:15 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini said on Thursday he was against cutting EU membership talks with Turkey as had been proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Soini, arriving for talks on the matter with the other foreign ministers from the bloc, said: "It's always useful to have a dialogue. We know there are problems with human rights in Turkey but I am not in favor of cutting the negotiations."

His Estonian counterpart, Sven Mikser, said he did not expect the EU to make any formal decision on that this year.

Arriving at the same meeting, Germany's Sigmar Gabriel reiterated Germany's stance that the talks should be halted.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and David Mardiste; Editing by Alison Williams)